The classy Halo Dolly, a multiple stakes-winner from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, posted a wire-to-wire win in the $47,663 allowance feature. Ridden by Russell Baze, Halo Dolly held off Antares World to take the one-mile turf test by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:37.26.
Case Cracker captured the first 2-year-old race of the year at Golden Gate Fields in grand fashion as she covered two furlongs in a track record :21.20 while whipping six rivals. The colt Go Papi Go finished second, four lengths behind the runaway winner.
Case Cracker, an Illinois-bred daughter of Margie’s Wildcat, bettered the previous track record of :21.32 set by the 2-year-old filly Brown Is Beige in 2010. Owned and bred by Hal Snowden, Jr., Case Cracker prepared for her debut at Turf Paradise in Arizona and was saddled at Golden Gate Fields by trainer Steve Specht.
Case Cracker was the 7-to-5 favorite in the betting and returned $4.80.
Racing continues Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the feature event is the eighth race, a one-mile allowance event in which the undefeated
3-year-old colt Nonios will take on seven older rivals. Post time for the eighth race is 4:43 p.m.