Trainer Monroe Sends Out Two Longshot Winners On Opening Day

Trainer Monroe Sends Out Two Longshot Winners On Opening Day

Trainer Sherrie Monroe, who had two victories in all of 2012, won two races in a span of an hour Friday and provided some pari-mutuel fireworks on opening day of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     Monroe, 3-for-48 in 2013 going into Friday’s opener, won the second race of the summer session with 9-1 shot Big Pancho’s Star.  Ridden by William Antongeorgi III,  Big Pancho’s Star took the one-mile race for maiden fillies and mares by a half-length over 9-5 second choice Lady Liz and paid $20.60.  Peter P. Kay owns Big Pancho’s Star.
 
     Monroe came right back to win the fourth race, a five-furlong dash for 2-year-old maidens, with the longest shot on the tote board.  Casual Attire, a first-time starter owned by Monroe, charged from off the pace to score by 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 29-1.  Ridden by Pedro Terrero, Casual Attire paid $61.00.
 
     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze celebrated opening day with a riding hat trick.  Baze won the first race with Sandor ($2.80), the third with Primal Desire ($14.60), and the fifth with No Better Terms ($3.80). 
 
     Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and Sunday and post time is 
1:15 p.m. both days.  
 
     Baze will give his colleagues a chance to win some races over the weekend as he’ll be at Del Mar Saturday to ride Unusual Way in the Grade 1 $300,000 Del Mar Oaks and at Emerald Downs Sunday to pilot Politicallycorrect in the Grade 3 $200,000 Longacres Mile.