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Passing Game Scores 39-to-1 Upset In Golden Nugget Stakes At GGF
The California-bred colt Passing Game threw a 39-to-1 touchdown strike in the $62,540 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Passing Game, the largest price on the tote board, charged from seventh in a field of nine to win the six-furlong feature for 2-year-olds by a head over Chips All In. Marshal Marini finished third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Chips All In and one length in front of 7-to-5 favorite Coach Sickie.
Passing Game, who paid $43.60 when he won his career debut at Hollywood Park on May 15, returned $80.60 to win in the Golden Nugget. Passing Game is trained by Gary Sherlock and was ridden in the Golden Nugget by jockey Kevin Krigger.
“The trainer told me the horse was ready,” said Krigger. “I let him relax early and then decided I was just going to follow Aaron (jockey Gryder on Chips All In) because he looked like he had a lot of horse. I had to go five or six wide (on the turn) but I kept him in the clear. When I hit him, he kind of ducked from the stick and ran a little green. Once he straightened out I knew we were going to get there because he was running so good down the stretch.”
Passing Game earned $39,700 for the victory and has made $69,700 in his two starts.
The dark bay son of Game Plan is owned in partnership by his breeders – Carol and Charles Bernhardt, Stan Chambers, and William McNeil.
Krigger had a riding triple Saturday. In addition to the Golden Nugget (race eight), he won the fourth race with Handfull ($5.60) and the fifth with Dave’s Pacemaker ($5.00).
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday with a special Dollar Day/NFL Sunday program. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas, and the opportunity to watch all the football games via the NFL Sunday Ticket.