Bob's Lady, a stakes-winner of more than $100,000, and Brite Sunny Day, who has won two of her three starts, head a field of six in Sunday's $100,000 Work The Crowd Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
The Work The Crowd is a one-mile race for fillies and mares bred in California. The stakes is named in honor of the 1995 Northern California Horse of the Year who won 14 of her 22 career starts (including 11 stakes) and $644,550 for owner-breeder John Harris and Norma Foster-Maddy.
Harris, one of California's all-time leading owners and breeders, won the Work The Crowd Handicap last year with Super Tuesday. He'll try for a repeat victory Sunday with the promising Brite Sunny Day.
Bob's Lady, a stretch-running daughter of Pirate's Bounty, charged from sixth in a field of eight to win the CTBA Marian Stakes at Fairplex Park last September. Bob's Lady wore down Excessive Angi in the final furlong to win the 1 1/16-miles feature by a half-length in 1:45.54 on the five-eighths mile track.
Bob's Lady is trained by John Sadler and owned by her breeder, John Barr. She'll be ridden by Russell Baze.
Brite Sunny Day disappointed the bettors in her career debut on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita when she finished third as a 3-5 favorite in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden allowance dash. The bay daughter of High Brite made amends in her next start, however, when she posted a three-length victory as a 7-5 favorite in a six-furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 17.
Brite Sunny Day followed up her maiden triumph with a game victory in a $40,000 allowance/optional claiming race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 29. Brite Sunny Day dueled on the lead throughout the six-furlong contest and got her head in front in deep stretch to pull out the win.
Trained by Carla Gaines, Brite Sunny Day has earned $55,440 in her three outings. The 4-year-old filly will have the services of jockey Frank Alvarado Sunday.$100,000 Work The Crowd Handicap, older fillies & mares, 1 mile
PP. Horse, Rider, Wgt.
1. Demo Memo, Roberto Gonzalez, 115
2. Broke In Blairsden, Jose Rivera Jr., 114
3. Bob's Lady, Russell Baze, 116
4. Brite Sunny Day, Frank Alvarado, 115
5. Beaux Artes, Francisco Duran, 112
6. Power To Burn, David Lopez, 113