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Skipshot Edges Live Sundays At GGF To End Long Victory Drought
Skipshot put an end to a long victory drought when he ran down pacesetter Live Sundays in the final strides to win the $41,070 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Skipshot, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, prevailed by a head over Live Sundays in the one-mile race for older horses. The victory was Skipshot’s first since July 17, 2010, when he captured the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park by a head over Sidney’s Candy.
Skipshot had eight winless outings between his Swap Stakes victory and Thursday’s score, although he did finish third in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 7. The San Pasqual was won by Uh Oh Bango, one of the contenders in Saturday’s Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap.
Skipshot, a 5-year-old ridgling, completed the mile in 1:37.95 and paid $10.80 as the fourth wagering choice in a field of six. A Kentucky-bred son of Skip Away, Skipshot earned $23,100 for his fifth victory in 19 career starts and the payday increased his career earnings to $314,050.
Skipshot is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned by Olympia Star, Inc.
Positive Response, the 2011 California Derby winner who was making his first start in more than 11 months, finished fifth as the 9-to-5 favorite. Positive Response applied pace pressure to Live Sundays to the far turn and then weakened in the stretch.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Friday through Sunday. Post time each day is 12:45 p.m.