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Sherman Wins Four Straight Races At GGF, Including Feature With Goggles McCoy
Goggles McCoy made a very impressive 4-year-old debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he dominated four rivals in the $48,360 allowance feature and kicked off a four-race winning streak for trainer Steve Sherman.
Goggles McCoy, making his first start since Oct. 30, led from start to finish and won the six-furlong allowance sprint by 1 3/4 lengths over multiple stakes-winner Bold Chieftain in 1:09.70. Bold Chieftain, who hadn’t raced since July 25, took second by a neck over Don Tito in a strong effort off the bench.
Sherman, who saddled four winners on Friday, duplicated the amazing training feat Sunday when he swept races three through six with Goggles McCoy ($6.80), Epic Cast ($3.20), She B Super ($4.60), and Moons Pride ($6.80).
Goggles McCoy, ridden by Aaron Gryder, earned his fifth victory in seven career starts and improved to 3-for-3 at Golden Gate Fields.
“He’s a talented horse, and Steve did a great job of getting him ready,” said Gryder, who rode Goggles McCoy for the first time Sunday. “He broke good and is naturally fast. He was able to do it well within himself. He ran a very nice race.”
Goggles McCoy, owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Shapiro, is a gelded son of In Excess who has earned $158,580 in his seven races.
Sherman, who is second in the Golden Gate Fields trainer standings with 35 victories, won 10 races during the four-day racing week.
“It was a pretty incredible week,” said Sherman. “You have to have a lot of luck to have a week like this. We got the right horses in the right spots, drew good post positions, and got a lot of good rides.”
Bold Chieftain, an 8-year-old horse who was originally targeted for stud duty this winter, returned to the racetrack in November after the breeding facility he was sent to closed. The old warrior showed he still has a passion for racing with his big effort Sunday.
“He ran a really good race,” said Baze of Bold Chieftain, who rallied along the rail in the stretch to get the place. “He’ll run inside of horses but he really doesn’t like it. If I could have gotten him outside he might have been tough to beat. That was a pretty good prep for his next race.”
Bold Chieftain is being pointed for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile, a Grade 3 turf race for 3-year-olds and up that will be run April 30 at Golden Gate Fields. Bold Chieftain, who has 17 wins in 39 career starts and $1,552,291 in earnings, collected his first graded stakes victory when he captured the 2010 SF Mile.
Racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.