Make That 11,910

Make That 11,910

April 23, 2013  |  Local Interest

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Last Saturday was a beautiful day at Golden Gate Fields, and an exciting one too.

I have been visiting Golden Gate Fields regularly for almost eight months now. I’ve spent a lot of time in trainer Nick Sloan’s barn; I’ve talked to a lot of folks; I’ve met top jockey Russell Baze twice. I know how hard everyone works and I understand the importance of a win.

On Saturday, Nick continued his hot streak with a great performance from What’s For Dinner in the second race. Jockey Russell Baze got one first-place closer to the record-shattering milestone of 12,000 career wins. Their individual talents combined to produce a flawless result. Groom Jaime Fernandez saw his efforts attending to the horse pay off. Owners Jon Harris and Bonnie Marshall were there to cheer for their boy. On that day, for that race, they were all a team. And I — who had absolutely nothing to do with any of it — celebrated too. It’s personal now.

I thought you might like to see what it’s like to be there for the race. They make it look so easy.

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