Alvarado Perfect With 5 Rides at Golden Gate

Jockey aboard three winners for trainer Steve Specht Feb. 24 at Bay Area track.

Jockey Frank Alvarado was perfect at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 24, winning with all five of his mounts on the eight-race program. Three of his victories came aboard horses trained by Steve Specht, who also won every race in which he participated.

The trainer-jockey combination of Specht and Alvarado has been a strong angle for Bay Area handicappers for many years and the duo showed why once more. They teamed up to win the first race with Ur My Dixie Girl ($11), who ran down stablemate Skye Memo in the final strides to score by a neck. The $1 all-Specht exacta returned $39.50.

Alvarado sat out the second and third races and then captured the fourth race with 18-1 outsider Tribal Tribute ($38.20), a first-time starter trained by Tim McCanna.

He didn’t have a mount in the fifth race, but came back to win the sixth and seventh races with the Specht-trained runners Dixico ($5) and Ermine's Prayer ($5.20). The $2 Specht double covering the sixth and seventh races paid $16.

Alvarado capped off his big afternoon with a victory in the eighth race aboard the Val Rhoden-trained Posseante ($13.80), who upset 1-2 favorite Slycy.