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Golden Gate: Pick-five carryover livens up Thursday card
By Chuck Dybdal
If a $17,799 pick-six carryover doesn’t fire up Golden Gate Fields fans, how about a $149,941 pick-five carryover going into Thursday’s races?
The 50-cent bet, picking the winners of the final five races on the card, should attract plenty of wagering interest.
In the last leg of the wager, a $12,500 maiden claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs, fans may want to give a long look at first-timer Some Kind of Ride, trained by Aggie Ordonez.
Ordonez saddled her sixth winner from her past 10 starters dating back to March 7 when Mary’s Ap won the sixth race Sunday.
The hot streak began shortly after her father, Pete Anderson, who won the 1958 Belmont and was Forego’s first rider, had a fatal heart attack.
“It’s ironic this streak started when my dad passed,” Ordonez said. “Horses are what Dad and I had in common. The night he died, my first impulse was to come to the barn and put my arms around a horse.”
Some Kind of Ride has trained well for her debut. A 4-year-old Flame Thrower filly, she is owned by Robert Domush and former trainer Brent Sumja. Domush was one of the top clients for Sumja when Ordonez was his assistant.
“It’s just like old times with those connections,” Ordonez said. “She’s a nice filly, and Brent has been very patient with her.”
Ordonez says, “It’s more fun to win than lose,” but she can’t point to a reason for her recent success.
“I can’t say I’m doing anything different training-wise, but winning seems to be contagious.”
Flame Thrower is a good debut sire, and Some Kind of Ride’s dam, Capital Growth, had a record of 3 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 8 starts. Her three previous foals were all winners.
The final race of the sequence appears a two-way battle with Some Kind of Ride and Dark Night’s Light, who was second after setting the pace in her debut at the same $12,500 claiming level. Although beaten 4 1/2 lengths, she finished nine in front of the third-place finisher.
Most of the races in the pick five appear contentious.
The sequence starts with the third race, where A.P. Anna, second as the lukewarm favorite in her previous start at the $4,000 second level, returns. Myeyesonyou, returning to a sprint after trying a mile, and Terrella, third in the same race that A.P. Anna exits, should also be contenders.
Three-year-old fillies meet in a $50,000 optional claimer on the turf. Four will make their turf debuts, while Lucky Moment won her only turf start, and Emmy’s Hall has a turf sprint victory on her record.
Life Is a Stone, who has won two straight at a mile, including at this level, makes her turf debut, but she’s a full sister of Life Is a Rock, who was stakes placed on the turf and won more than $100,000 on grass.
The fifth race is a $3,200 second-level five-furlong sprint. Lincoln Launch could be the fastest and gets the services of Dennis Carr, who chose him over front-running type Aiming Fluid, who is coming off a wire-to-wire victory under Carr and is drawn just outside him. Stalkers Our Mandate and Easy Six could be beneficiaries of a heated pace duel.
The sixth race is a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for $12,500 claimers. Hollanita, who won her debut for $12,500, drops out of a $50,000 optional claimer as does Une Amour. Dave’s Cutie just won her debut for a $12,500 claiming price.
Just as expected
Trainer O.J. Jauregui was pleased but not surprised by Frisco Fog’s easy victory in the first 2-year-old race of the year here last week.
“We knew she was fast, knew she’d be tough, knew she was capable of running a good time,” he said.
And she was, winning the two-furlong race by 2 1/4 lengths in 21.39 seconds.
A daughter of Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Idiot Proof, she was his first runner to race. One thing that attracted Jauregui to her was the fact she looks so much like her sire.
“We bought her to win at two furlongs, but I think she can do more,” said Jauregui, who has already glanced at condition books.
“The only thing to look for is stakes,” he said. “There really aren’t any other races. We’re still searching, but there is a June 15 fillies-only race at Hollywood Park,” the $100,000 Cinderella at 5 1/2 furlongs.
Golden Gate’s only 2-year-old stakes, the $50,000-added Lost in the Fog, is the same day but is an open race.
“I feel comfortable training her up to a race,” Jauregui said.
Diego Sanchez was kept overnight at Highland Hospital in Oakland after being knocked unconscious when his mount, Master Game, ducked in shortly after the start of Sunday’s ninth race. He did not suffer a concussion and was released Monday, but he does have a fractured right collarbone that will sideline him four to six weeks.
Two special promotions will be offered Saturday.
Fans attending Saturday’s races will receive a San Francisco Mile T-shirt promoting the Grade 3 turf event scheduled for the following Saturday, April 27. Fans who return the following Saturday wearing the shirt will receive free clubhouse admission.
Saturday also will be the first day of Bottomless Saturdays, when fans that pay $30 can get unlimited well drinks at any bar at the track. The $30 includes admission and a program. It will be offered every Saturday except Kentucky Derby Day on May 4.
Golden Gate is promoting its free shuttle from the North Berkeley BART station and encouraging Bottomless Saturday participants to use BART to attend the races.
The track also has introduced a new promotion where fans have a chance to win two free admission passes at each concession stand or bar. If their receipt reads “You Are A Winner,” they win passes.
Who came up with the "Bottomless Saturdays" promotion? Two things; what a sick promotion.. And a promotion waiting for a lawsuit to happen.. Twenty somethings drunk out of their minds jumping in their cars and getting onto Highway 80.. Dumbest, stupid promotion ever...
Ima bet it if i get my tax return in time.
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