Peter Redekop's Alert Bay was sent off at 3-5 to defend his title in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29, and the 6-year-old gelding had no problem doing so, as he held on gamely to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
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Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder, and Stryker Phd—the elder statesmen of Northern California—will face off once again at Golden Gate Fields in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29.
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Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields will offer increased purses, free shipping to and from Santa Anita Park, and guaranteed late Pick 4 pools during its inaugural three-week Turf Festival.
Silver Ranch Stable and Wachtel Stable's Poshsky rallied in the stretch and just got up to defeat longshot Pepper Crown in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.
Peter Redekop's Alert Bay got all he could ask for in his Nov. 6 allowance prep for the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT), edging rival G. G. Ryder by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile turf event at Golden Gate Fields.
Alert Bay, recent winner of the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, will prep for the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 27 at Del Mar with a loaded no-conditions allowance race Nov. 6 at Golden Gate.
G. G. Ryder stormed to the lead in the final sixteenth and won the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) from stablemate Outside Nashville May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Summer Hit will try to win the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) for the third consecutive year May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
G. G. Ryder overhauled stablemate pacesetter Summer Hit in the closing strides and won the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Alex Paszkeicz's Pepper Crown and John Carver & Jerry Hollendorfer's Summer Hit will renew their rivalry in another one of Golden Gate Fields' premier stakes April 25, the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT).
Remsen winner Leave the Light On is one of many stakes winners to be inbred to Storm Cat, with both duplications within the first four generations.
The $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), Northern California's official Kentucky Derby prep, headlines the stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
Swung six wide into the stretch, lightly regarded Pepper Crown uncoiled a torrid outside rally and won the $100,315 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) going away as the longest shot in the field Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
Mona Hour's Longacres Mile (gr. III) winner Stryker Phd heads a group of nine entered for the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
The $100,000 Cougar II Stakes (gr. III) may have been a marathon, but it was over in a hurry after Irish Surf took command and never received a challenge the evening of July 25 at Del Mar.
With the unfortunate morning training death of pre-race favorite Dance With Fate, Frac Daddy, a two-time stakes winner in 2014, is now the likely choice in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 26 at Del Mar.
Tom's Tribute became a grade I winner July 20 when he held even-money favorite Summer Front safe through the homestretch to register a 1 1/4-length victory in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes on the Del Mar turf.
Unsuccessful in six previous tries at the grade I level, Summer Front is well-positioned to break through as part of a small field in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes, the first top-level race of the Del Mar season July 20.
Summer Hit, sent off at 3-5 odds, did not disappoint as the gelding went wire-to-wire and withstood a stout challenge from stablemate longshot Longview Drive to win the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
After rallying from fourth to win the San Francisco Mile Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26, Pepper Crown will try for a second straight graded stakes win at Golden Gate Fields Monday, April 26 in the All American Stakes (gr. III).
Alex Paszkeicz scored a triple when Pepper Crown, the longest shot on the board at 46-1, rallied along the rail to win the $100,315 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Golden Gate Fields April 26.
Jerry Hollendorfer has a trio of older runners set to go in the San Franciso Mile (gr. IIIT) April 26, led by Summer Hit, as the Hall of Fame trainer attempts to win Northern California's top grass race for the third time.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Fast Track||Molly J. Pearson||
|Horizontalyspeakin||John W. Sadler||
|Hudson Landing||Blaine D. Wright||
|Longview Drive||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Pepper Crown||Ed Moger, Jr.||
|Summer Hit||Jerry Hollendorfer||
|Tribal Jewel||William Spawr||
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