Preakness Stakes Day Prompts Early Gate Openings At GGF

Preakness Stakes Day Prompts Early Gate Openings At GGF

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the Preakness Day program from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will pipe in races three through 13 from Pimlico and post time for the third race is 8:43 a.m.  The Preakness Stakes is the 12th race on the card and will be run at 3:18 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race program and post time for the first race is
11:45 a.m.

     Northern California has a rooting interest in the Preakness as Pleasanton native Jeff Bonde will saddle Sway Away in the middle leg of the Triple Crown.  Sway Away has finished second in a pair of Grade 2 stakes and most recently finished fourth in the
Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
 
     Sway Away, a Kentucky-bred colt by Afleet Alex, is owned in partnership by Bay Area residents Phil Lebherz, Bat Blaylock, and Janet Sharp, and Cindy Olsen and Glen Wallace of Ferndale (Humboldt County).

     Bonde will also participate in one of the undercard stakes on the Preakness Day card, the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes (race six, post time is 10:33 a.m.).  Bonde will send out Road Ready in the Chick Lang, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds.  Road Ready is coming off a victory in the Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park.