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Golden Gate Fields Opens 2011-2012 Winter/Spring Meeting Monday

     Golden Gate Fields has something for horse racing fans to open the day after Christmas – a brand new racing season.

     Golden Gate Fields will kick off its 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting with a nine-race card Monday.  Post time is 12:15 p.m.  Monday is also opening day at Golden Gate Fields’ sister track in Southern California, Santa Anita, and first post at the Arcadia oval is noon.

Golden Gate Fields Realized Double Digit Increases In On-Track Averages At 2011 Fall Meeting

     Golden Gate Fields realized double-digit increases in both its average daily on-track handle and average daily on-track attendance during its 2011 fall meeting, a 36-day session that ran from Oct. 20 through Dec. 18.

Alvarado, Gryder, Cedillo Win Pair On Final Day Of Fall Meeting

     Jockeys Frank Alvarado, Aaron Gryder and Abel Cedillo all rode a pair of winners on the closing-day card of the 2011 fall meeting at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
     Alvarado took the first race with Soul Patch ($9.80) and the seventh with 8-to-5 favorite Moose Shootin Moma ($5.40), a filly who had failed as the favorite in her previous eight starts.  Alvarado finished fourth in the jockey standings by recording 30 victories at the 36-day fall session.

Halo Dolly Is 7-To-5 Choice In Pacific Heights Stakes

    Halo Dolly has been victorious in seven of her 11 races this year and the 3-year-old filly is favored to pick up another win Saturday in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

    Halo Dolly is the 7-to-5 morning line favorite in the Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares bred in California.  Antares World, a multiple stakes-winner, is the second choice in the field of six at 2-to-1.

Ain’t No Other Favored In Sprint Feature At GGF

     Ain’t No Other, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap at Santa Anita, is a 6-to-5 morning line favorite in Friday’s sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     The six-furlong allowance event is the third race on an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the third race is 1:48 p.m.

Final Week Of Fall Meeting Begins Thursday at GGF

     The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields’ fall meeting will feature eight-race programs on Thursday and Friday and nine-race cards on Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     The main event during closing week is the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes, which will be run Saturday.  The Pacific Heights is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares bred in California. 

Jockey Cedillo Records Another Sunday Hat Trick At GGF

     Jockey Abel Cedillo won three races at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, the second straight Sunday he has posted a riding triple.

     Cedillo recorded a “natural” hat trick Sunday as he won the first three races on the program.  Cedillo took the opener with Peppered Catnip ($3.00), the second race with Sizzling Gold ($5.00), and the third with Paprika Red ($7.40).

     Cedillo has ridden 22 winners at the fall meeting and ranks fifth in the jockey standings.

Russian Greek Comes From Behind To Win Gold Rush Stakes At GGF

     Russian Greek overcame a stumbling start to capture the $75,260 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Russian Greek rallied from last to win the one-mile feature for 2-year-olds by a neck over Marshal Marini, who appeared to be home free after opening up a 2 1/2-length lead in midstretch.  Blacky the Bull, the pacesetter, finished third.