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Six Votes Wins In First Start In 18 Months
Six Votes, making his first start in 18 months and only his second start in 29 months, came from just off the pace to win a six-furlong sprint at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Trainer Greg James obviously did a masterful job of preparing Six Votes for his return to the races as the 5-year-old gelding held off 3-5 favorite Stone Hot in the final yards to win by a head. Stone Hot, who was coming off a winning effort on March 14, took second by a neck over Traweek.
Six Votes, who always went straight to the lead during his five-race campaign in 2010 and was sent to the front in his lone start in 2011, stalked dueling leaders Traweek and Two Step Saturday in his 2013 debut before rallying to the lead under jockey Francisco Duran in midstretch.
Six Votes was timed in 1:11.64 and paid $24.40 after recording his third victory in six career starts. Roger Wynn owns Six Votes, a California-bred son of Tribal Rule.
Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card Saturday and also simulcast three major stakes from around the globe – the $10 million Dubai World Cup (post time is 11:05 a.m.) from Meydan Race Course in Dubai, the $1 million Florida Derby
(3:19 p.m.) from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., and the $1 million Louisiana Derby (3:44 p.m.) from Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans.
The Dubai World Cup is the world’s richest horse race. The Florida Derby and Louisiana Derby are both major prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and post time for the first Golden Gate Fields race is 12:45 p.m.
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.