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Slim Pickins Rallies To Win Turf Feature
Slim Pickins, a 5-year-old son of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course to win the $31,486 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Slim Pickins ran down Sandor, who took advantage of clear sailing along the inside to take command at the top of the stretch, in the final strides to score by a half-length. Sandor took second by a nose over stretch-running Ezio.
Slim Pickins, trained by Keith Nations and ridden by Juan Hernandez, ran a mile in
1:36.93 and paid $12.80 as the fourth choice in the wagering. Slim Pickins had finished third in his previous three races.
Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Ken Miles, Slim Pickins is 3-for-6 on the Golden Gate Fields turf.
Jockey Russell Baze had a riding hat trick Saturday. The Hall of Famer won the first race with Bag’s of Fun ($6.20), the sixth with Olympic Blue ($5.00) and the seventh with Fonz ($5.60).
Racing at Golden Gate Fields continues Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day. Post time both days is 12:45 p.m.
Sunday is Dollar Day with the track offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. The free spring concert series continues with The Cheeseballs taking the Trackside Stage.
The $100,000 All American Stakes will highlight the Memorial Day program and fans attending the holiday card will receive a free Golden Gate Fields lawn chair.
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.