Slim Pickins Scores By A Head In Turf Feature At Golden Gate Fields

Slim Pickins Scores By A Head In Turf Feature At Golden Gate Fields

     Slim Pickins, scratched from Friday’s $100,000 All American Stakes by trainer Keith Nations, charged down the middle of the Golden Gate Fields turf course to win Saturday’s $33,540 allowance feature by a head.

     Nations felt Slim Pickins fit better in Saturday’s main event than the All American and his decision to skip the Grade 3 stakes paid off when Slim Pickins prevailed in a photo finish over Siberian Laughter.  Native Thunder finished third.

     Slim Pickins’ victory had to lift the spirits of Nations, who came within a nose of winning the All American with his 6-year-old gelding Control Seeker, who was nailed on the wire by Hudson Landing.

     Slim Pickins went off as an even-money favorite under jockey Russell Baze and paid $4.00 after recording his second straight victory on the Lakeside Turf Course.  Slim Pickins completed a mile in 1:37.92 and earned $18,000 for his owner, Ken Miles.

     Holiday weekend racing at Golden Gate Fields concludes Sunday with a nine-race program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.  The track will also show all the NFL games on monitors throughout the facility via the Sunday Ticket.

     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.