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Our Nautique, Krigger Score Wire-To-Wire Upset In SF Mile
Our Nautique, dismissed at 19-to-1 in the wagering, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Kevin Krigger, Our Nautique surged away from his foes in the final yards to win Northern California’s top turf race by 1 1/4 lengths over Gallant Son in 1:35.70. Sebastian Flyte, the even-money favorite ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, finished third.
Our Nautique broke from post position one in a field of nine and was immediately sent to the lead by Krigger, who was following instructions he received from Hollendorfer.
“I went over the race with Kevin,” said Hollendorfer. “We thought we’d probably be the speed in the race and with the rail post we decided to go with it.”
“Jerry always has them ready,” said Krigger. “I had a lot of horse under me and we had a perfect trip being the lone speed on the lead. He was pretty confident all the way around there. Turning for home I wound him up and he gave me all he had. That was a spectacular race this horse ran today. Pulling away at the end…what more can you say?”
Our Nautique was coming off a second-place finish in the March Madness Handicap at Santa Anita on March 26. He paid $40.40 to those that backed him to win in the SF Mile.
“He’d been off a while and probably needed his last race a little bit,” said Hollendorfer. “He couldn’t quite hold on last time although I thought he ran a good race. I’ve always liked this horse and he sure has come through for us a number of times.”
Our Nautique, who has seven wins in 24 career starts, earned $60,000 for his first stakes victory. The 6-year-old gelding is owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and Rob Tunnicliffe.
Bold Chieftain, the defending SF Mile champion, finished fourth under jockey Russell Baze. The 8-year-old horse was making just his second start following a 7 1/2-month hiatus from racing.
“He ran good,” said Baze. “He lacked (racing) room on the second turn. By the time I got him out he gave me a little punch and then flattened out. He’ll get a lot out of this race.”
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.