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Your Special Day Slight Favorite In Wide Open Golden Poppy Stakes
Seven evenly-matched fillies will meet on the turf Sunday at Golden Gate Fields in the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes, the featured eighth race on a nine-race card that begins at 1:15 p.m.
Sunday is “Dollar Day” with the track offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. Golden Gate Fields will also kick off its Spring Concert Series with Pride & Joy performing on the Trackside Stage between races.
The contentiousness of the Golden Poppy field is evidenced on the morning line as five of the runners are listed at 5-to-1 or lower. Your Special Day is the lukewarm 5-2 favorite and she’s followed by Stormy Lucy (3-1), Ize In Trouble (7-2), Oh Molly Brannigan (5-1), and Jewel Seeker (5-1). Completing the lineup are Sweet Nothings
(8-1) and Run the Blues Away (12-1).
Your Special Day is shipping in from Santa Anita, where she finished fifth in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes on March 3. Trained by James Cassidy, Your Special Day finished fourth in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park in her lone start on turf.
Your Special Day has two wins in five career starts and will be ridden in the Golden Poppy by French jockey Julien Couton.
Stormy Lucy has won two straight races sprinting and will race on turf for the first time Sunday. Ize In Trouble invades from New Mexico, where she finished third in the Sunland Park Oaks on March 25. Oh Molly Brannigan has won three straight races and Jewel Seeker is undefeated in two starts, both of which were on grass.
Sweet Nothings finished second in the California Oaks and is 1-for-3 on turf. Run the Blues Away ran third in the California Oaks and will make her first start on grass in the Golden Poppy.
Rousing Sermon Eighth In Kentucky Derby -- Rousing Sermon, trained by the Bay Area’s Jerry Hollendorfer, finished eighth in a field of 20 in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday.
“We don’t have any excuses,” said Hollendorfer. “The colt ran good. He didn’t ever quit trying. We’ll freshen him up a little bit and see if we can do something else.”
When asked about the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown that will be run May 19 at Pimlico Race Course, Hollendorfer said, “I wouldn’t think we would do that.”