Monday, April 06, 2009


ANTONGEORGI HAS HAT TRICK IN FRONT OF 11,462 FANS AT GGF


ALBANY -- Jockey William Antongeorgi III, perhaps energized by an on-track crowd of 11,462, rode three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

The attendance was the largest at Golden Gate Fields since Feb. 20, 1995, when 11,087 fans turned out for a Presidents' Day racing program.

Fans at Golden Gate Fields Sunday were treated to $1 specials (general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers and sodas were all just a buck) and the first annual GGF Dachshund Derby.


Some 96 weiner dogs competed in the Dachshund Derby, which featured nine 30-yard heats. The eight winners of the qualifying heats met in the championship final, which was won by Downtown Beans. Owned by Matt Madsen of Sacramento, Downtown Beans simply blew his rivals away in the final.

Antongeorgi recorded his riding hat trick by taking the first race with Utahn ($3,00), the fourth with Love Our Grandkids ($3.00) and the sixth with Kaweah Princess ($3.60). Antongeorgi has 53 victories at the 2008-2009 meeting and ranks third in the jockey standings.

Racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.


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