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Work The Crowd Stakes Featured Saturday At Golden Gate Fields
Fillies and mares bred in California will be in the spotlight Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when the track presents the $50,000-added Work The Crowd Stakes.
The Work The Crowd is a one-mile turf contest that is restricted to distaffers bred in the Golden State. The feature attracted a field of six, including multiple stakes-winners Antares World, Strawberry Tart, and U R All That I Am.
The trainers of the multiple stakes-winners – Steve Specht (Antares World), Jeff Bonde (Strawberry Tart) and Jerry Hollendorfer (U R All That I Am) – all have busy stakes schedules this week.
Specht will run his 3-year-old colt Gig Harbor in the $70,000 Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park on Thursday, and his 6-year-old mare Lady Railrider in the $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes at Hollywood on Saturday.
Hollendorfer will start his 4-year-old filly Washington Bridge in the Grade 3 $125,000 Doubledogdare Stakes at Keeneland on Friday, and run four horses in stakes at Hollywood Park on Saturday – Master Chef in the $70,000 Grey Memo, Going for a Spin in the $70,000 Warren’s Thoroughbreds, He’s So Stylish in the $60,000 NTRA Stakes, and Halo Dolly in the $125,000 Melair.
Bonde will send out Hurricane Lake in the Grade 3 $200,000 Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland on Saturday, and run three horses in stakes at Hollywood the same day – Mr. Sierra in the NTRA Stakes, and Classic Bobby and Sierra Spirit in the Grey Memo.
Antares World, winner of the California Oaks and Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, is the one to beat in the Work The Crowd. A 4-year-old filly by Decarchy, Antares World owns a second-place finish in a Grade 1 turf stakes (2010 American Oaks at Hollywood Park) and is 2-for-2 on Golden Gate Fields’ grass course.
Antares World is owned by her breeders, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, and will be ridden in the Work The Crowd by her regular pilot, Frank Alvarado.
Strawberry Tart won back-to-back turf stakes at Hollywood Park in 2009 but finished sixth in her lone start in 2010. The Work The Crowd will be just the second race of 2011 for Strawberry Tart, a 5-year-old mare who finished last in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at Santa Anita on March 19.
Francisco Duran, who is second in the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 49 victories, will try to get Strawberry Tart back on the winning track for owners George and Mary Clare Schmitt.
U R All That I Am has won nine of her 23 career starts and leads the Work The Crowd field in earnings with $374,229. Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, U R All That I Am is coming off a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
U R All That I Am will race on the Golden Gate Fields’ turf course for the first time Saturday and be ridden by Kevin Krigger, who is winning races at 21 percent clip.
The field for the Work The Crowd, in post position order, is as follows: U R All That I Am, Krigger rides; Point Of Reference, Inoel Beato; Antares World, Alvarado; Strawberry Tart, Duran; Ms. G. I. Jane, Aaron Gryder; and Ruffled Feathers, Julien Couton. All of the starters will carry 122 pounds.
The Work The Crowd is the third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.