Saturday, February 25, 2012
JOCKEY ALVARADO GOES 5-FOR-5 AT GGF, TEAMS WITH TRAINER SPECHT FOR THREE WINS
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado rode a perfect game Friday at Golden Gate Fields, winning with all five of his mounts on the eight-race program. Three of his victories came aboard horses trained by Steve Specht, who also won every race in which he participated.
The trainer-jockey combination of Specht and Alvarado has been a strong angle for Bay Area handicappers for many years and the duo showed why Friday. They teamed up to win the first race with Ur My Dixie Girl ($11.00), who ran down stablemate Skye Memo in the final strides to score by a neck. The $1 Specht exacta returned $39.50.
18-to-1 outsider Tribal Tribute ($38.20), a first-time starter trained by Tim McCanna.
Alvarado, who didn’t have a mount in the fifth race, came back to win the sixth and seventh races with the Specht-trained runners Dixico ($5.00) and Ermine’s Prayer ($5.20). The $2 Specht Daily Double covering the sixth and seventh races paid $16.00.
Alvarado capped off his big afternoon with a victory in the eighth race aboard the
Val Rhoden-trained Posseante ($13.80), who upset 1-to-2 favorite Slycy.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Post time for the nine-race program is 12:45 p.m.
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