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Trainer Delia Sees His Longshots Dead-Heat For Win
Bill Delia enjoyed one of the greatest moments of his training career Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he saw his two longshots, 18-1 Fantastic Atticus and 13-1 Minister Vivendi, dead-heat for the win in the seventh race.
Fantastic Atticus, ridden by Leslie Mawing, and Minister Vivendi, under William Antongeorgi III, both charged from off the pace to win the one-mile allowance race by a neck over third-place finisher Unusual Meeting.
“That was phenomenal,” said Delia. “That was crazy fun. When I was heading down to the winner’s circle I kept asking everyone, ‘who won,’ and I kept getting different answers. I don’t think it gets any wilder than that.”
Fantastic Atticus wore saddlecloth No. 4 and Minister Vivendi sported No. 7, which made the amazing finish even more special for Delia.
“The kicker to the whole thing is my sons were watching the race at home on television and their ages are four and seven,” said Delia, referring to 4-year-old Trace and 7-year-old Cash.
Fantastic Atticus paid $19.00 to win while Minister Vivendi returned $14.20. The $1 exacta of Fantastic Atticus to Minister Vivendi paid $58.00, while the Minister Vivendi-Fantastic Atticus exacta paid $65.50.
Delia recorded three wins in two races Saturday as he won the fifth race with Chat With Me ($11.00).
The rare same-trainer dead-heat was the first at Golden Gate Fields since Nov. 9, 2008, when Steve Specht saw his fillies Shes a Lucky Wager and Lady Railrider cross the wire together in the sixth race. Coincidentally, Specht was connected to Saturday’s dead-heat as he trains Unusual Meeting.
Six Talented Runners Entered In $100,000 Berkeley ’Cap -- Summer Hit, who captured the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in May, is among the six talented runners entered in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap.
The Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap will be run Friday and serve as the main event on a special Day-After-Thanksgiving racing program. First post is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the races will have the chance to win a 42-inch high-definition television as track officials will raffle off one television after each of the nine races on the program.
The Berkeley, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, is the seventh race on the card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m. All of the horses in the Berkeley lineup have won stakes with the exception of Administer, who is coming off a second-place finish in the Oakland Stakes on Nov. 16.
The field for the Berkeley Handicap, in post position order, is as follows: Fire With Fire, Juan Hernandez rides at 119 pounds; Teaks North, Dennis Carr, 121; Stryker Phd, Isaias Enriquez, 116; Administer, Leslie Mawing, 116; Summer Hit, Russell Baze, 123; and Majestic City, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 119.