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Summer Hit Has Final Work For Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes
Summer Hit, runner-up in the San Francisco Mile, completed his preparations for Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes by working a half-mile in :49 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields.
The All American, a Grade 3 test for 3-year-olds and up, will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface and is the main event on a special Memorial Day racing program. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the holiday card will receive a free lawn chair.
Summer Hit ran a huge race in the SF Mile as he battled on the lead through fast fractions and then just failed to hold off stretch-running favorite Tigah in Northern California’s top turf race. Tigah scored by a neck after rallying from last.
The switch from turf to Tapeta in the All American won’t bother Summer Hit as the son of Bertrando has excelled on the surface. In four starts on Tapeta, Summer Hit has three wins and a second.
Summer Hit is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who purchased the gelding immediately after his nine-length debut victory in a $12,500 maiden claiming race in January 2012. Owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and John Carver, Summer Hit has six wins, two seconds and two thirds in 10 career starts and $221,835 in earnings.
Summer Hit will be seeking his second stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields as he won the Silky Sullivan Stakes at the East Bay track last year.
Entries for the All American will be taken Friday morning.
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.