Shi’ah Sand Pays $265.60 To Win At Golden Gate Fields

Shi’ah Sand Pays $265.60 To Win At Golden Gate Fields

     The 4-year-old filly Shi’ah Sand, victorious just once in 33 previous starts, tested the fuses in the tote board at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday when she scored at odds of
131-1 on opening day of the track’s 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting.
     Ridden by Pedro Flores and trained by Terry Johnson, Shi’ah Sand paid $265.60 to win after she rallied from sixth in a field of 12 to earn her second career victory.  Shi’ah Sand took the six-furlong race for $4,000 claimers by 1 3/4 lengths over Smart Code in 1:12.65.

     Shi’ah Sand, who paid $2.80 when she broke her maiden as an odds-on favorite on Sept. 25, 2011, at Golden Gate Fields, went into Wednesday’s race having finished in the money only once in 17 starts this year.  Although she finished fifth in her previous start on Dec. 6, Shi’ah Sand was beaten less than three lengths by the winner.

     The $1 exacta of Shi’ah Sand to Smart Code (who went off at 3-1) paid $783.10.  The $1 trifecta of Shi’ah Sand to Smart Code to third-place finisher Katie’s Song (6-1) returned $6,199.10.  There were two winning 10-cent superfecta tickets with the combination of Shi’ah Sand to Smart Code to Katie’s Song to fourth-place finisher Scent of Chrism (23-1) and each were worth $20,073.

     Although impressive, Shi’ah Sand’s win payoff was well short of the Golden Gate Fields record of $322.60, which Pasadena Slim returned when he tallied on Oct. 28, 1957.

     Shi’ah Sand is owned by Laurie Johnson, the wife of the winning trainer.

     Apprentice Williams Injured In Fall – Apprentice rider Marni Williams suffered bruising to her right shoulder and the right side of her face, as well as a slight concussion, when she was unseated by her mount, By by Inheritance, at the start of the fifth race.  Williams was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley, where she was treated and released.

     Racing Resumes Friday –  Holiday week racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume Friday and continue through Tuesday, New Year’s Day.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.  Fans attending the races Saturday will receive a free Golden Gate Fields 2013 wall calendar.

     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.