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Our Nautique Wires Rivals In $100,000 All American Stakes
Our Nautique holds off Bold Chieftain to win the $100,000 All American Stakes GIII
on Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
Our Nautique, allowed to have things all his own way on the front end, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Ridden by Kevin Krigger, Our Nautique just held off the hard-charging Bold Chieftain and jockey Russell Baze to win the 1 1/8-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up by a neck. Dunmore East, ridden by Inoel Beato, finished third.
Our Nautique was all alone on the lead despite running the opening half-mile in a leisurely 49.93 and the first six furlongs in 1:14.59. The soft tempo resulted in Our Nautique having plenty of energy left for the stretch drive and it was needed to stave off Bold Chieftain.
“That was the plan,” responded Krigger when asked if he thought he stole the All American. “As soon as the gate opened it was go to the front and hang on. The honest truth is I didn’t want anybody to get close to him. I just tried to ride him with confidence and keep him running at a steady pace. I knew they’d be coming and I just tried to keep him rolling. It was a nice win.”
Our Nautique, trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, recorded his 10th victory in 30 career starts and his third stakes win of 2011.
“Speed is always dangerous,” said Hollendorfer. “He got away with a little softer pace than normal but going 1 1/8 miles, I didn’t know if this horse could get that much distance. He did, so we got a little lucky today.”
The way the All American played out was aggravating to Baze, who had Bold Chieftain racing in third behind Our Nautique and Dunmore East.
“It was very frustrating,” said Baze. “I figured Dunmore East would hook Our Nautique and it didn’t happen. I guess I forgot to tell Beato (jockey Inoel, who rode Dunmore East) the plan. My horse ran a great race, and if he runs again, I guarantee that we’ll go up and hook Our Nautique.”
Our Nautique completed nine furlongs on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface in 1:51.78 and paid $11.80 as the fourth wagering choice in a field of six. Owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and Rob Tunnicliffe, Our Nautique earned $60,000 for the victory and the payday boosted his bankroll to $313,040.
Jockey Frank Alvarado, who won four races Thursday, remained hot Friday. Alvarado won back-to-back races, taking the sixth with Carlsbad Lagoon ($12.40) and the seventh with Curly Boy ($8.00).
The holiday weekend of racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and Sunday. Nine races will be presented both days and post time is 12:45 p.m.
Fans attending the races Sunday will enjoy a great bargain as Golden Gate Fields will offer $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. The track will also televise all the NFL games via the Sunday Ticket.