Taif Wins Sprint Feature At Golden Gate Fields; Track Cancels Cards Set For Dec. 8 and Dec. 15

Taif Wins Sprint Feature At Golden Gate Fields; Track Cancels Cards Set For Dec. 8 and Dec. 15

     Taif, receiving a confident ride from jockey Chad Schvaneveldt, ran down Court Mischief in the stretch and won the $32,492 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by 1 1/2 lengths Thursday.

     Court Mischief, making his first start in nearly 15 months, was hustled to the lead by jockey Russell Baze and set the pace to the stretch.  Taif, always within striking distance under Schvaneveldt, moved up strongly to draw even with Court Mischief in midstretch and then pulled away in the final sixteenth of a mile.

     Trained by Dan Markle, Taif ran six furlongs in 1:09.84 and paid $4.80 as the 7-to-5 favorite in a field of six.  Owned by Tim and Sue Spooner, Taif earned $19,200.

     Golden Gate Fields received permission from the California Horse Racing Board Thursday afternoon to cancel the racing programs scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Wednesday, Dec. 15.  The track made the request to the CHRB after Hollywood Park announced Thursday morning that it was canceling the programs it had scheduled for those dates due to a limited horse inventory.

     Golden Gate Fields will open its Club House for simulcast wagering on both Dec. 8 and Dec. 15.