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Turf Race, 2-Year-Olds Return to Golden Gate

April 8 program to be highlighted by first turf race at Bay Area track since Jan. 10.

(from Golden Gate Fields)

The resumption of turf racing and the first 2-year-old event of the season make for an interesting racing program at Golden Gate Fields April 8. 

The last turf race at Golden Gate Fields was contested Jan. 10 and the Lakeside Course has since been restored to perfection. Eight older horses will get the first crack at the lush new grass when they compete in the fourth race, a one-mile event for 4-year-olds and up. Lockford, a 7-year-old gelding who is 3-for-5 on the local lawn, is among the entrants.

Eight 2-year-olds will match strides in the fifth race, a two-furlong dash down the stretch. Trainer Jeff Bonde, who is known for his success with youngsters, will start La Cha Cha in the maiden allowance contest.

Post time is 12:45 p.m.