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Trainer Klokstad Dead At 79; Baze Hopes To Continue Winning Streak; Dubai World Cup Betting Friday
Bud Klokstad, one of the all-time leading trainers in the state of Washington and a member of the Northern California horse racing community, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Richmond. Klokstad, who had been in poor health for several months, was 79.
Klokstad, a member of the Washington Racing Hall of Fame, ranks second in stakes wins at both Longacres (54) and Emerald Downs (43). Klokstad trained many of the fastest horses in Washington history, including multiple stakes-winner Chinook Pass, who was voted the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding sprinter of 1983.
Klokstad had been based at Golden Gate Fields since late 2008 and had six wins at the current meeting. Klokstad won the eighth race last Saturday with the 5-year-old gelding Majestic Afleet, his final starter. Majestic Afleet is owned by Klokstad’s wife, Billie, and longtime client Art McFadden.
Baze’s Winning Streak -- Jockey Russell Baze, who won with his final four mounts last Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, will try to extend his winning streak when racing resumes Thursday at 12:45 p.m.
Baze is scheduled to ride five horses, including Light Up The Sky, the 8-to-5 morning line favorite in the first race. Baze’s other mounts are Pat’s Paradise (7-to-5) in the third race, Astuzia (3-to-1) in the fourth, Sister Glady Oh La (5-to-2) in the sixth, and Summer Hit (2-to-1) in the seventh.
Baze rode six consecutive winners earlier this month, scoring with his final three mounts on March 15 and his first three rides on March 16.
Baze shares the U.S. record for consecutive wins by a jockey, nine, which he achieved Aug. 17-18, 2006, at the San Mateo County Fair meeting at Bay Meadows. Baze won with his final two mounts on Aug. 17 and then went 7-for-7 on Aug. 18.
Dubai World Cup Betting -- Golden Gate Fields will offer advance wagering Friday on Saturday’s $27.2 million Dubai World Cup program at Meydan Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.
Fans can wager on the following races: the $1 million Godolphin Mile, the $1 million Dubai Gold Cup, the $2 million UAE Derby, the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, the $5 million Dubai Duty Free, the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, and the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Irish-bred Lucky Chappy, who ran second (beaten a nose) in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 18, is among the 17 entrants in the UAE Derby. Lucky Chappy is 6-to-1 on the morning line.
The advance wagering will be offered during Golden Gate Fields’ live racing card Friday afternoon and also during the track’s nighttime simulcast program. Fans who get to the track early Saturday (gates open at 10 a.m.) will still have time to bet on the Dubai World Cup, which is scheduled to be run at 10:40 a.m.
Rousing Sermon In Louisiana Derby -- Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out Rousing Sermon in the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Sunday in New Orleans. Rousing Sermon is one of 14 entrants in the 1 1/8-mile Louisiana Derby, a Grade 2 Kentucky Derby prep. The race will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields.