Friday, January 02, 2009
BACKBACKBACKGONE HITS HOMER IN GOLDEN BEAR STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Backbackbackgone hit a homer in the $75,000 Golden Bear Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Going to bat in front of a New Year's Day crowd of 8,038, Backbackbackgone came from just off the pace to win the six-furlong feature for 3-year-olds by one length over Free Action in 1:11.01. Revoluta finished third.
Jockey Russell Baze rode Backbackbackgone for trainer Peter Miller and came away impressed with Florida-bred son of Put It Back.
"He's a nice colt," said Baze. "He has a nice way of moving."
Baze had Backbackbackgone positioned right behind Revoluta, who set the pace while receiving outside pressure from Nina's Benchmark. Backbackbackgone moved out from behind Revoluta at the top of the stretch and powered to the lead in the final furlong.
"Peter and I talked and we wanted to sit behind horses and then make one run," said Baze. "He has enough speed that he wasn't going to be far off the lead. When Bobby (jockey Gonzalez on Revoluta) stayed on the rail coming into the stretch, I just eased outside of him for room."
Backbackbackgone is owned in partnership by Gerson Racing, Charleville Stables and John Rogitz. The colt earned $45,000 for the Golden Bear win and has banked $159,440 in his five races.
Miller said Backbackbackgone will make his next start in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24. The Sunshine Millions Dash is a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds bred in California or Florida.
Thursday's crowd was the largest on-track gathering at Golden Gate Fields since Kentucky Derby Day 1999, when 8,335 fans attended the races.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields through the holiday weekend with first post at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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