05/01/2012 12:12PM

Golden Gate Fields notes: Ize in Trouble invades from Sunland for Sunday's Golden Poppy


Three-year-old fillies will be featured at Golden Gate Fields in Sunday’s $75,000 Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes.

Early in the week, four fillies were listed by the racing office as definite: Ize in Trouble, third in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks in her last start; Sweet Nothings, who is stakes placed; Oh Molly Brannigan, who has won three straight; and Stormy Lucy, who has won two straight since arriving at Golden Gate Fields.

Bill McLean will send out the New Mexico-based Ize in Trouble, who was sent to California specifically for the Golden Poppy by owner Gaylon McGee and New Mexico trainer Weston Martin. A daughter of Proud Citizen, Ize in Trouble won her debut last December, was second in an allowance race, second in the $50,000 Island Fashion Stakes and then third in the Sunland Oaks, with all starts coming at Sunland Park.

McLean admits he knows little about the filly but gave her an easy work Sunday when she went five furlongs in 1:04.40.
“She has a nice way of traveling,” McLean said. “She worked fine. It was easy. She wasn’t pushed early, but she came home well. She finished well and galloped out nicely, which is what we wanted.”

◗ Golden Gate Fields will open all gates at 7:15 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday while carrying all races from Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day and Kentucky Derby Day. First post for local races will be the usual 1:15 p.m. Friday and 11:45 a.m. Saturday. First post for the Churchill Downs races is 7:30 a.m.

◗ Golden Gate will offer a Kentucky Derby party in the VIP Cigar Bar at the clubhouse turn on Saturday. There will be food, music, an open bar with beer, wine, mint juleps and margaritas, and each person gets two cigars. Admission is $65. The VIP Cigar Bar is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

◗ GEVA, the nonprofit Thoroughbred retirement and rehabilitation foundation, will sell horse-related items at Golden Gate Fields to raise funds for the Glen Ellen, Calif., organization. GEVA will have tables in the Turf Club and clubhouse offering “tail paintings” created by horses at the farm, memorabilia, hand-crafted blankets, photos and a variety of other items.