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Outside Nashville Impressive In Winning Golden Nugget Stakes
Outside Nashville pulled away from pacesetter Strong Wind down the stretch and scored an impressive 4 1/2-length victory in the $54,200 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Outside Nashville, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Dennis Carr, won the six-furlong feature for 2-year-olds in a quick 1:09.54. Zeewat, another colt trained by Hollendorfer, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Strong Wind.
Outside Nashville was coming off a three-length victory in a six-furlong maiden allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 20. Jockey Russell Baze guided Outside Nashville to his maiden score but opted to ride Zeewat in the Golden Nugget. Baze won the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes with Zeewat and was 2-for-2 aboard the colt going into Saturday’s feature.
“It was my choice (to ride either Outside Nashville or Zeewat),” said Baze. “I worked both of them and (Zeewat) really worked well. It’s not the first time I’ve been wrong.”
Carr was happy to pick up the mount on Outside Nashville and rode the race to Hollendorfer’s instructions.
“He broke good and my job was to keep it honest up front so one of us (either Outside Nashville or Zeewat) gets there,” said Carr. “When I hit him (in the stretch), I knew it was going to take something special to run him down because he really dug in and cut. He acts like he’ll be an honest horse. He looks the part.”
Hollendorfer watched the Golden Nugget via simulcast from Hollywood Park, where he sent out the 2-year-old Fury Kapcori to a second-place finish in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes.
“I had two horses to run in the race and if either one of them would win it would make me happy,” said Hollendorfer of his feelings going into the Golden Nugget. “Outside Nashville has done pretty much what we’ve asked him to. I really think that Zeewat will be a horse that wants to go a distance.”
Both Outside Nashville and Zeewat will likely get the opportunity to go a distance in their next start as Hollendorfer said it’s probable both colts will run in the one-mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 8 at Golden Gate Fields. The Gold Rush is a $75,000 stakes for
Outside Nashville, a Kentucky-bred son of Broken Vow, was purchased for $115,000 and is owned in partnership by Hollendorfer, John Carver, and Green Smith. Outside Nashville earned $30,300 for the Golden Nugget victory and has made $55,850 in four starts.
Outside Nashville and Zeewat both went off at odds of 2-1, which made them co-second choices behind 8-5 favorite Strong Wind. Outside Nashville paid $6.00.
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 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. Fans can also watch all the football action as Golden Gate Fields subscribes to the NFL Sunday Ticket.
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