Monday, June 15, 2009
DURAN DURAN DURAN AT GGF CLOSING WEEKEND
ALBANY -- Jockey Francisco Duran had to be sad Sunday was closing day at Golden Gate Fields.
Duran was on fire during the final weekend of the 2008-2009 racing season, riding three winners on Saturday and three more on Sunday. Duran recorded his back-to-back triples without the aid of a single betting favorite, which meant his fans went home with their pockets full.
Duran tallied Sunday with Commendable Queen ($21.20) in the second race, Norm's Princess ($10.20) in the third and Niner Genius ($20.80) in the sixth.
Despite being sidelined for a few weeks with a separated shoulder, Duran finished fifth in the jockey standings at the 2008-2009 meeting with 51 victories.
Hall of Famer Russell Baze earned his 35th career riding title at Golden Gate Fields by winning 203 races during the 114-day meeting. Frank Alvarado finished second in the standings with 116 wins, William Antongeorgi III was third with 88 and Chad Schvaneveldt was fourth with 58 wins.
Jerry Hollendorfer collected his 34th career training championship at Golden Gate Fields by saddling 96 winners at the meeting. Steve Sherman finished second with 67 victories, William E. Morey third with 53, Steve Miyadi fourth with 49 and Ed Moger, Jr. fifth with 34.
Horse racing in Northern California moves to the summer fair circuit with the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton getting things started with a 10-race program on Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on racing from across the nation throughout the summer. Live racing will return to the East Bay track on Aug. 12.
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