TRAINER HESS WINS WITH YOUNGSTER, VETERAN AT GGF

TRAINER HESS WINS WITH YOUNGSTER, VETERAN AT GGF

Trainer Bob Hess, still going strong at age 75, saddled a pair of winners at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     In securing his training double, Hess scored with a youngster and a seasoned veteran.

     Hess won the second race, a six-furlong sprint, with the 2-year-old colt Sammy Choi.  Making his second career start, Sammy Choi won the maiden race in dominating fashion, crossing the wire 4 1/2 lengths in front while being geared down by jockey Modesto Linares.  Sammy Choi paid $3.20.

     Hess captured the fifth race, a one-mile turf event for horses entered for a claiming price of $10,000, with the consistent 8-year-old gelding Vote.  Leading from start to finish under jockey Chad Schvaneveldt, Vote held off Skimasco down the stretch to score by 1 1/2 lengths. 

     Vote, who was coming off a wire-to-wire victory over $6,250 claimers on the turf at Santa Rosa, paid $5.20.  A Texas-bred son of Valid Expectations, Vote has 13 victories,
nine seconds and four thirds in 41 career starts.

     Jockey Russell Baze, who rode three winners on Wednesday’s opening-day program, repeated the feat Thursday.  Baze won the first race with Lady Dawn ($3.20), the third with Farallon ($3.40) and the seventh with Escape Plan ($6.40).

     Trainer Steve Sherman won back-to-back races Thursday, taking the sixth race with Congress Woman Ivy ($16.00) and the seventh with Escape Plan.

     Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Friday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.