06/27/2010 11:00PM

Gains in average at Stockton meet


The five-day San Joaquin County Fair meet in Stockton, Calif., showed substantial gains in average all-sources and average ontrack betting on its live races at its meet compared with last year's 11-day meet. The San Joaquin County Fair meet, the first of California's fair meetings, ran from June 16-20.

According to figures from the state, the meet averaged $166,050 a day in betting ontrack on live races, and $912,082 for all-sources, which includes betting on incoming simulcasts. Betting ontrack on live races was up 63.5 percent from the 2009 meet, and all-sources betting rose 12.7 percent.

Total betting was down substantially because of the shorter meet.

The all-sources figures were no doubt hurt by the Hollywood Park cancellation on June 17.

Stockton saw a 13.4 percent increase in ontrack betting on live races Saturday and Sunday over the final weekend last year, when the meet encompassed two weekends.

The handle figures vindicated racing secretary Tom Doutrich's decision to card more races on the weekend than the weekdays. He is trying for similar success at the second California fair stop, Pleasanton, which began June 23 and runs through July 11. Doutrich ran only seven races last Thursday but came back with nine Friday and 10 Saturday and Sunday. This week, he is running eight on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Holiday stakes draw crowds

Both of Pleasanton's Independence Weekend stakes races - the $50,000 Juan Gonzalez on Saturday and the Alamedan Sunday - attracted 14 nominees.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for the Juan Gonzalez Memorial is that trainer Jeff Bonde has only one nominee for the 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies. Jen's Court would make her debut in the race for Bonde, who won the Lost in the Fog at Golden Gate Fields earlier this month with first-timer Road Ready and the 2006 Juan Gonzalez with first-timer Untouched Talent.

Bonde won both 2-year-old stakes here last year, with Izzy Rules in the Juan Gonzalez and Excessive Passion in the Everett Nevin.

Trainer Dean Pederson nominated an interesting first-timer in Sweet Baguette, a half-sister to the stakes winner Sourdough Sam, Northern California's top 2-year-old last year.

Run It, who just won the Grade 3 Berkeley, is the 122-pound highweight for the Alamedan, which is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles. Quindici Man, Restless Youth and Unusual Suspect were each given 117, while comebacking Sierra Sunset, winner of last year's Alamedan, gets in at 116.

Golden Winner living up to name

Golden Winner made it 2 for 2 Saturday with a dominating six-length allowance victory, covering six furlongs in 1:08.91. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said after the race he would consider entering the 3-year-old colt against older in the Sam Whiting in two weeks.

Golden Winner earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90 for his victory. He has won his two starts by a combined 12 lengths.

Another of Northern California's top 3-year-old sprinters, Goggles McCoy, is being pointed to an allowance race at the Pleasanton meet. Trainer Steve Sherman said he is not interested in running Goggles McCoy against older until later in the year.

Awards on tap

The Alameda County Fair and California Authority of Racing Fairs will honor several horsemen next Monday at a dinner and awards ceremony, to be held in the Alameda County Fair simulcast facility in Pleasanton following the day's races.

Scheduled to be honored are trainers Ray Thomas and Lloyd Mason, jockeys Chris Russell and Russell Baze, owners Roger Downey and Curt and Lila Lanning, and longtime agent Bob Hack.

* Bonde not only predicted victory but accurately described how it would happen at Sunday's handicapping seminar before 2-year-old Sway Away, a Kentucky-bred son of Afleet Alex, turned in a powerful debut performance winning a five-furlong maiden race by 3 1/4 lengths in 56.35 seconds.