10/02/2005 11:00PM

Four $100K stakes at fall meet


ALBANY, Calif. - Four $100,000 stakes, highlighted by the Grade 3 Silky Sullivan, will be offered when Golden Gate Fields holds its fall meeting from Oct. 19-Dec. 19. The Silky Sullivan is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-olds on Nov. 5.

The other $100,000 races at the meet are: the 1 3/8-mile Tanforan Handicap on the turf, to be run Oct. 22, the opening Saturday of the meet; the Miss America Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Oct. 30; and the 1 1/16-mile Forty Niner Handicap on Nov. 25.

"Hopefully, we'll put together a strong field for the Silky Sullivan," racing secretary Sean Greely said.

Greely said he's hoping an increase in distance for the Tanforan - from 1 1/16 miles to 1 3/8 miles - will make it a more popular race.

"We think the Miss America should be attractive, and there's always a lot of interest in the Forty Niner," he said

Eleven stakes have been scheduled for the meet with a total purse value of $775,000.

2005 Golden Gate stakes schedule

Oct. 22Tanforan Handicap3 & Up1 3/8 miles (turf)$100,000
Oct. 23Albany Stakes3 & Up F&M 6 furlongs 50,000
Oct. 29Sausalito Stakes3 & Up 6 furlongs 50,000
Oct. 30Miss America Handicap3 & Up F&M 1 1/8 miles (turf)100,000
Nov. 5Silky Sullivan (GIII)3 YO 1 1/8 miles (turf) 100,000
Nov. 12Moment to Buy3 YO fillies1 1/16 miles (turf)75,000
Nov. 13Piedmont Stakes2 YO fillies 6 furlongs 50,000
Nov. 25Forty Niner Handicap3 & Up 1 1/16 miles 100,000
Nov. 26Mill Valley Stakes2 YO 6 furlongs 50,000
Dec. 3Angel Island Stakes3 YO fillies 6 furlongs 50,000
Dec. 10Larkspur Stakes 3 YO6 furlongs 50,000