Specht Runners Finish One-Two In Opening-Day Feature At Golden Gate Fields

Specht Runners Finish One-Two In Opening-Day Feature At Golden Gate Fields

     Trainer Steve Specht nailed the exacta in the opening-day feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday when his 4-year-old gelding Photo Shopped defeated his
4-year-old colt Dixico by a neck in a $32,380 allowance contest.

     Photo Shopped, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Frank Alvarado, won the one-mile main event in 1:41.31 and paid $6.80.  Dixico took second by a half-length over Marine Fog, who finished a half-length in front of Simply Sharp in the blanket finish.

     Photo Shopped earned $18,000 for the victory, his sixth win in 19 starts.  Owned by Andy and Marilyn Smolich, Photo Shopped has $150,390 in career earnings.

     The inaugural card of the 36-day fall season also featured a riding double by Hall of Famer Russell Baze and a return to the Golden Gate Fields winner’s circle for jockey Dennis Carr, who scored with his second mount at the meeting.  

     Baze, the owner of 43 riding championships at Golden Gate Fields, was the only jockey to win multiple races Thursday.  Baze took the second race with Island Frolic ($3.20) and the fifth with Redo ($7.40).

     Carr, the second-leading rider in Northern California from 1998-2000, is back in the Bay Area to compete at the fall meeting after spending the past five years in his native New York.  Carr won the third race with the Bill McLean-trained Letsgetitright ($13.40).

     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.