Zeewat Is 8-5 Choice In Gold Rush Stakes

Zeewat Is 8-5 Choice In Gold Rush Stakes

     Zeewat, winner of the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Gold Rush, a one-mile test for 2-year-olds, attracted a field of six and is the featured third race on a nine-race program.  Post time for the Gold Rush is     1:45 p.m.  Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m.

     Zeewat is already a stakes veteran as he has competed in three added-money events.  In addition to winning the Cavonnier Juvenile, Zeewat finished fourth in the Tim Conway Stakes at Santa Anita and third in the Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Zeewat is the lone stakes-winner in the Gold Rush field and he’ll be ridden by jockey Russell Baze, who will go into Saturday’s program with momentum after winning three races Friday.  Baze scored with Risky Allure ($11.00) in the second race, Indio Casino ($5.80) in the third, and Insatiable Smile ($5.00) in the fifth race.

     Zeewat is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who owns the colt in partnership with George Todaro.  Zeewat has two wins and a third in four career starts and $72,700 in earnings.

     The 2-1 second choice on the Gold Rush morning line is Royal Barrister, a Doug O’Neill-trained colt who made a winning debut on the turf at Hollywood Park.  Southern California-based rider Edwin Maldonado is making the trip to Golden Gate Fields to pilot Royal Barrister in the Gold Rush.

     The field for the Gold Rush, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Royal Barrister, Maldonado, 2-1; Condiment, Julien Couton, 10-1; My Best Bet, Dennis Carr, 9-2; Zeewat, Baze, 9-2; Londinium, Alejandro Gomez, 6-1; and Rush In, Frank Alvarado, 8-1.  All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.

     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.