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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.