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Summer Hit Heads Bay Area Contingent Set To Compete In California Cup At Santa Anita
Summer Hit, winner of the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap and Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, heads the Bay Area contingent of horses competing in the Sunshine Millions California Cup Day program at Santa Anita Saturday.
Golden Gate Fields will simulcast all the action from Santa Anita, where first post is noon. Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card of its own and post time is
The following Northern California-based horses will participate in the California Cup:
Summer Hit (trained by Jerry Hollendorfer), Unusual Meeting (Steve Specht) and Hittheroadrunning (Ed Moger, Jr.) in the $250,000 Turf Classic; Marks Mine (Specht), Runfasterelse (Aggie Ordonez), and Sudden Sunday (Steve Miyadi) in the $125,000 Filly and Mare Turf Sprint; Alasharchy (Specht) in the $200,000 Oaks; and Ourwestcoastghost (D. Wayne Baker) and Coach Bob (Reina Gonzalez) in the $125,000 Sprint.
Summer Hit came within a neck of sweeping Golden Gate Fields’ three Grade 3 stakes for older horses in 2013. After narrowly losing the San Francisco Mile, Summer Hit came back to win the All American and Berkeley in front-running fashion.
Summer Hit has nine wins – including four stakes victories – in 15 career starts and $417,505 in earnings. The 5-year-old gelding is one of nine horses scheduled to run at Santa Anita Saturday for Hollendorfer, who maintains racing stables in both Northern and Southern California.
Horses from Hollendorfer’s Southern California division that will be running in Cal Cup races are: Princess Genevieve (Oaks), Swiss Lake Yodeler (Oaks), Kate’s Event (Sprint), Life Is a Joy ($250,000 Derby) and Tamarando (Derby). Hollendorfer will also start Scherzinger in the Grade 2 $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes.
Hollendorfer has six horses entered at Golden Gate Fields Saturday, including Shaun Washington in the $31,000 allowance feature (Race 4).
Baze Benched -- Leading Golden Gate Fields jockey Russell Baze will serve a three-day riding suspension Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Baze received the benching from the stewards for causing interference in the stretch aboard Suances Candy in the fifth race on Jan. 12. Baze tops the rider standings with 26 victories through 18 days of racing at the winter/spring meeting.