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Pacific Heights Stakes Featured On Closing Weekend at GGF
Golden Gate Fields wraps up its 2010 fall meeting with racing Thursday through Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day and closing weekend will feature the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes on Saturday and $1 specials on Sunday.
The Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares bred in California, is scheduled to be run on the turf, however, with rain in the forecast it’s likely the stakes will be moved to Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
A field of six is entered in the Pacific Heights and the lineup is headed by Antares World, a 3-year-old filly who is 4-for-4 at Golden Gate Fields this year with two wins on Tapeta and two wins on the Lakeside Turf Course.
Antares World opened 2010 with a game victory in the $75,000 California Oaks on Jan. 1 and a two-length score in a $40,128 allowance race on Feb. 25. Both the 1 1/16-mile Oaks, which Antares World won by a head, and the one-mile allowance test were run on Tapeta.
Antares World tried the Golden Gate Fields turf for the first time on April 17 and responded with a three-length victory in the $60,000 Golden Poppy Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile event. In her most recent start on the local lawn, on Sept. 23 in a 1 1/16-mile allowance event that had a purse of $43,302, Antares World scored by 1 1/4 lengths.
Antares World, owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, is by Decarchy and out of the Spinning World mare Alashir’s World. Trained by Steve Specht, Antares World will be ridden in the Pacific Heights by Frank Alvarado. Alvarado was aboard Antares World in the Oaks, Golden Poppy, and the Sept. 23 allowance race.
The field for the Pacific Heights, in post position order with jockeys and weights, is as follows: Shes a Lucky Wager, Chad Schvaneveldt, 123; Catsalot, Julien Couton, 123; Taylor Jean, Inoel Beato, 123; I Can Hear, Russell Baze, 123; Antares World, Alvarado, 121; and Blue Moon High, Hector Romero, 123.
Fans attending Sunday’s finale will enjoy the best bargain in Bay Area sports – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.
Patrons will also be able to view all the football action via Golden Gate Fields’ subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket.
There will be no racing in California from Monday, Dec. 20, through Saturday,
Dec. 25. On Sunday, Dec. 26, both Santa Anita (post time is noon) and Golden Gate Fields (12:15 p.m.) will open their 2010-2011 meetings.