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Trainer Sherman Starts New Meet By Saddling Three Winners
Golden Gate Fields opened its 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting Monday and trainer Steve Sherman was clearly the star of the opening-day program.
Sherman saddled the winner of the first two races of the 101-day season and completed a training triple when he captured the fourth race.
Sherman took the first race, a 5 1/2-furlong dash, with Dave’s Pacemaker ($6.20), who romped home by 4 1/2 lengths. The second race was a 1 1/16-mile turf contest and Sherman scored with Colonel Mustard ($6.80), who rallied from last to win by a nose.
The $2 Sherman Daily Double paid $24.00.
Sherman, who didn’t have a starter in the third race, won the 5 1/2-furlong fourth race with Script This ($6.20), who prevailed by 3 1/4 lengths.
While Sherman was the only trainer to win more than one race Monday, jockeys Russell Baze, Leslie Mawing and Juan Hernandez all won a pair of races.
Baze guided Dave’s Pacemaker to his victory and also tallied with Oh Frankie Oh ($4.40) in the third race. Mawing piloted Colonel Mustard to his win and also scored with Hard Slider ($10.80) in the fifth race. Hernandez won the final two races on the card, taking the eighth with Renzo Sean ($16.20) and the ninth with General Rule ($3.00). The $2 Hernandez Daily Double returned $21.60.
Holiday week racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume Thursday and continue through Monday, Jan. 2. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
Golden Gate Fields’ winter/spring meeting runs through June 17. Fans can visit www.goldengatefields.com for all information regarding the season, including the racing calendar, special post times, latest news and promotions.