Trainer Morey Wins Daily Double With Longshot And Favorite

Trainer Morey Wins Daily Double With Longshot And Favorite

     Trainer William J. Morey, Jr. used a longshot and heavy favorite to sweep the early Daily Double at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Morey won the first race with Lil Angelina, who at 8-1 was the largest price on the tote board in a field of five fillies and mares.  Ridden by Jesus Velazquez, Lil Angelina led every step of the way in the one-mile turf race and paid $18.60.

     Morey sent out 3-5 favorite Morning Fog in the second race and the odds-on favorite made his short price look like a gift when he took command entering the stretch and went on to post a 5 1/2-length victory under Russell Baze.  Morning Fog paid $3.40 after winning the six-furlong starter allowance dash in a smart 1:10.20.   

     The $2 Morey Daily Double paid $34.40.  

     Morey is a enjoying a fine campaign at the summer meeting.  The veteran conditioner has collected five wins, a second and two thirds from 14 starters and is tied for fourth in the trainer standings.

     Baze, Julien Couton, and Alejandro Gomez each won two races Sunday.  Couton and Baze are tied atop the jockey standings with 21 wins apiece.  Gomez is third with 15 victories.

     The final three days of the 17-day summer meeting will be held Friday through Sunday.  Post time each day is 1:15 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.