Saturday, December 13, 2008


ALBANY -- Will O Way, who ran third to a filly that is likely to be named the champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, is expected to be a strong favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

The Corte Madera will be run at one mile on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Will O Way is the 4-to-5 morning line choice in a field of six and she'll have the services of jockey Russell Baze.

Will O Way was beaten less than five lengths by Stardom Bound when finishing third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1. Stardom Bound followed up her Del Mar win with victories in the Oak Leaf Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and is the favorite to win the Eclipse Award as the nation's top 2-year-old filly.

Will O Way ran sixth in the Oak Leaf Stakes and most recently finished fifth in the Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 16. Will O Way takes a class drop Saturday and owns superior speed figures over her five rivals in the Corte Madera.

The second choice on the Corte Madera morning line at 7-to-2 is Epitome of a Lady, a Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly who has won three of her four career starts, including the Harvest Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair. Jockey Catalino Martinez has the call on Epitome of a Lady.

The field for the Corte Madera, in post position order, is as follows Will O Way, Baze rides, 4-to-5; Epitome of a Lady, Martinez, 7-to-2; Salty Sarah, Brice Blanc, 4-to-1; Digestivo, Frank Alvarado, 8-to-1; Mean Joleene, Kyle Kaenel, 20-to-1; and Cherokee Echo, Roberto Gonzalez, 10-to-1. All of he starters will carry 120 pounds.

FORECAST FOR SNOW AT GGF SUNDAY -- Sunday is Snow Day at Golden Gate Fields. The north entrance to the track will turn into a winter wonderland\ where kids will enjoy a play area featuring 40 tons of snow, a sledding hill, and an ice skating rink.

Admission to Golden Gate Fields is only $1 Sunday and kids are admitted free. The track will also offer $1 general parking, $1 programs, $1 hot
dogs, $1 hot chocolates, $1 sodas and $1 beers.

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