Ok bay area racing fans I have a multiple choice quiz for you. Fill in the blank.
You know it’s the Summer Fair racing season when ________?
A) Russell Baze and Kevin Krigger are atop the jockey standings. B) You see four stakes races within seven racing days or C) On your way to bet on the mule race, you stop off at the jumbo corn dog stand as the child next to you drips ice cream on your shoe.
Ok, maybe that one was too easy. Believe it or not they are all true, but only the last one can only happen on the fair circuit.
Two weeks into the summer we are into our second of six fair stops, as the 13-day Alameda County Fair is in full swing and so far, it’s looking like a Golden Gate Fields replay.
For starters, Baze and Krigger are in deed one-two in the jockey standings after the four day run at Stockton and the first week in the books in Pleasanton. Trainers Steve Sherman, Jerry Hollendorfer and Bill Morey Jr. are off to good starts and some local stars are lining up for the six stakes races offered over the 13 day meet.
Next up on the Stakes agenda is the 1st running of the Livermore Valley Wine Stakes on Friday, a $50,000 added event that will feature the Jeff Bonde trained Road Ready.
The three-year old is coming off of a third place finish in the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes at Pimilco, which followed a win in the $75,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Russell Baze has the assignment in the field of eight.
The meet will end with a trio of $50,000 stakes races over the final five days, which ends on July 10th.
Now it’s time to catch up on a few former GGF jockeys that are enjoying success elsewhere. Leslie Mawing last rode at Golden Gate on April 10th, before leaving for Emerald Downs. Mawing has enjoyed a good run so far, leading the standings at the current meet with 45 wins.
Kyle Frey, the apprentice that I wrote about when he made his debut, last rode here on March 4th, before moving his hopes to Parx Racecourse in Philadelphia. Currently, in the meet that in almost two months old, Frey is in sixth place in the standings with 20 wins.
He also rides at Penn National a few times a week and has traveled to Monmouth Park in New Jersey to win a race. Frey had 10 wins while at GGF and currently has won 46 lifetime races.
That’s the first of my summer fair reports. Oh, and before I go I must admit, the jumbo corn dog was pretty good and my mule ran second.