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Pair Of $100,000 Stakes Will Highlight Fall Racing At Golden Gate Fields
The $100,000 Pike Place Dancer and the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap highlight the stakes schedule for the 2013 fall racing season at Golden Gate Fields. The 36-day meeting opens Thursday, Oct. 17, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 15.
Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule and post time is 12:45 p.m. with three exceptions.
There will be early post times on Friday, Nov. 1 (12:05 p.m.), and Saturday, Nov. 2 (11:40 a.m.), to facilitate the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita. Fans will get their first Breeders’ Cup bets “on the house” as Golden Gate Fields will give customers a cash voucher both Friday and Saturday.
Racing will also get started early – at 11:15 a.m. – on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28. Golden Gate Fields offers an outstanding Thanksgiving Day buffet in the Turf Club and fans can make reservations by calling 510-559-7390.
Fans attending Golden Gate Fields the day after Thanksgiving, a.k.a. “Black Friday,” will have the chance to win a 42-inch HD television. A television will be raffled off after each of the nine races on Nov. 29, with the winning jockey from each race reaching into the contest bin and pulling out the name of the lucky winner.
The promotion schedule also features a Halloween Family Day party on Sunday,
Oct. 27, and a Toys For Tots Toy Drive on Sunday, Nov. 3. The Halloween Family Day celebration will feature fun activities for kids, who are admitted to the track free. The Toys For Tots Toy Drive, conducted in partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, gives fans the opportunity to gain free club house admission by donating a new, unwrapped toy.
Golden Gate Fields’ signature promotion and the best bargain in Bay Area sports, Dollar Day Sundays, will be offered throughout the meeting. General parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs, and sodas cost just a buck each on Sundays.
The Pike Place Dancer, a one mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3 Berkeley, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds and up, head a roster of seven stakes. The Pike Place Dancer will be run on Saturday, Oct. 26; the Berkeley on Friday, Nov. 29.
The first stakes of the season, the $50,000-added Miss America, will be contested on Saturday, Oct. 19. Entries for the Miss America, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, will be taken Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The fall stakes slate also includes the $50,000-added Golden Nugget, a six-furlong dash for 2-year-olds that will be run Saturday, Nov. 9; the $50,000-added Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday, Nov. 16; the $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, Nov. 30; and the
$75,000 Gold Rush, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds on Saturday, Dec. 7.
There will be one Monday racing program during the fall meeting – a special Veteran’s Day card on Nov. 11.
Free ShowVivor Contest -- Golden Gate Fields will give fans a free shot at $1,000 during the fall meeting via the on-line handicapping contest ShowVivor.
ShowVivor challenges handicappers to pick one horse to show (finish first, second or third), in any race, each day during the 36-day meeting. If a player is successful in picking a horse to show on opening day, the contestant survives to play ShowVivor again on day No. 2.
ShowVivor is a sudden-death contest, meaning players are eliminated the first time their horse fails to show. The player who survives the most racing days will earn the
winner-take-all prize of $1,000.
Fans wishing to participate in ShowVivor must register for the contest on line here and registration must be completed by 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.
ShowVivor selections must be registered on line at www.goldengatefields.com no later than 10 minutes prior to post time for the FIRST RACE each day. Contestants who fail to make a selection before the deadline are eliminated.
For complete rules and more information about Golden Gate Fields’ inaugural ShowVivor contest, click here.