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Positive Response Proves Best In Closing-Day Feature
Positive Response gave his owners and chalk players an early Christmas present when he captured the $34,300 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, closing day of the track’s 2012 fall meeting.
Positive Response took the lead from All American champion Hudson Landing turning into the stretch and then held off Massone and Photo Shopped down the lane to win the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length in 1:37.68.
Massone took second by 1 1/4 lengths over Photo Shopped, who edged Hudson Landing by a neck for third.
Positive Response earned $21,000 for the ownership group of Ray Pagano, Roger Newman, Saul Gevertz and William E. Morey. Morey trains Positive Response, the 2011 California Derby winner who has seven victories in 20 career starts and $313,533 in earnings. Positive Response went off as the 7-5 favorite and paid $4.80 to his backers.
Positive Response was ridden by Russell Baze, who rode 65 winners during the 35-day fall meeting to easily claim his 44th career riding title at Golden Gate Fields. Dennis Carr, who left his native New York to compete at the fall meeting, took second in the jockey standings with 31 wins and Frank Alvarado finished third with 25.
Jerry Hollendorfer earned his 42nd career training championship at Golden Gate Fields by saddling 28 winners. Steve Miyadi finished second with 21 victories and Steve Sherman was third with 17.
Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume the day after Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 26, when the track opens its 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting. There will be a special 12:15 p.m. post time for the opening-day card.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.