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Summer Hit Assigned Top Weight Of 123 Pounds For Berkeley Handicap
Summer Hit, winner of the Grade 3 All American Stakes in May, has been assigned high weight of 123 pounds for the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
The Berkeley, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, will be run Friday, Nov. 29, and highlight a special “Black Friday” racing card. The field for the Berkeley will be drawn Saturday morning.
Seventeen horses are nominated to the Berkeley, and Golden Gate Fields racing secretary David Jerkens handed out the following weight assignments: Summer Hit 123, Teaks North 121, Fire With Fire 119, Majestic City 119, Setsuko 119, Soi Phet 118, El Commodore 117, Administer 116, Schilling 116, Stryker Phd 116, Pepnic 115, Willyconker 115, Mel’s Game 114, Fury Kapcori 113, Say Ow 113, Fast Track 112, and Outside Nashville 112.
Summer Hit scored a wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/16-mile All American, digging in down the stretch to hold off Hudson Landing by three-quarters of a length. It was the second Golden Gate Fields stakes win for Summer Hit, who posted a front-running victory in the Silky Sullivan Stakes in 2012.
Summer Hit is a very consistent 4-year-old gelding who has amassed eight wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 14 career starts and $357,505 in earnings. Summer Hit is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who also conditions Fury Kapcori and Outside Nashville.
Teaks North is a Grade 1 stakes winner (United Nations Handicap at Monmouth Park in 2011) who has earned $1,288,364. Trained by Eric Guillot, Teaks North set the early pace in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 before weakening to finish 11th in the field of 12.
Fire With Fire, trained by Neil Drysdale, and Majestic City, trained by Ron Ellis, are both multiple stakes-winners. Setsuko, from the Richard Mandella barn, hasn’t won a stakes but is a two-time runner-up in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap (2012, 2011). Setsuko lost the 2011 Big ’Cap by a nose to Game On Dude.