Wildcat Moon Edges Stablemate Eight Stitches In Sprint Feature

Wildcat Moon Edges Stablemate Eight Stitches In Sprint Feature

     Wildcat Moon collared stablemate Eight Stitches in midstretch and then inched away from the favorite in the final yards to win the $30,318 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by three-quarters of a length Saturday.

     Wildcat Moon and Eight Stitches are both trained by Jeff Bonde, who saw his runners stage an exciting battle down the lane.  Wildcat Moon, ridden by Dennis Carr, proved strongest and edged Eight Stitches, the 3-5 choice ridden by Russell Baze.

     Wildcat Moon ran six furlongs in 1:10.45 paid $10.40 as the third betting choice.  A Florida-bred colt by D’wildcat, Wildcat Moon has finished in the money in all seven of his starts, collecting two wins, four seconds and a third.  Wildcat Moon is owned in partnership by Bonde, Mersad Metanovic, and Margaret Shindelas.  

      Wildcat Moon was one of three winners ridden by Carr, who took the second race with Arathorn ($6.20) and the fifth with Apache Scout ($28.00).

      Apprentice Gets First Local Win On 55-1 Shot – Apprentice rider Arnold Perez earned his first Golden Gate Fields victory Saturday when he rallied 55-1 longshot Madi Two Shoes from last to first in the fourth race, a one-mile event for maiden fillies and mares.

     Madi Two Shoes charged down the middle of the track and got up in the final jump to win by a head over front-running Cookielamour.  Trained by Holly Evans and owned by Van Parker, Madi Two Shoes paid $115.20 after breaking her maiden in her 10th career start.

      Madi Two Shoes’ shocker was the second huge upset of the holiday racing week.  On Wednesday, the filly Shi’ah Sand won the fifth race at odds of 131-1 under jockey Pedro Flores.  Shi’ah Sand paid $265.60.

     Jockey Sanchez Fractures Collarbone – Jockey Juan Sanchez fractured his left collarbone when his mount in the sixth race, Crown Over, broke his left front leg and fell on the far turn.  Crown Over had to be euthanized.  Sanchez, who also had a neck sprain, was taken to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley for X-rays.  

      Holiday Schedule – Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields through Tuesday, New Year’s Day.  Post time Sunday, Monday and Tuesday is 12:45 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.