Boise Upsets Gold Rush Stakes At Golden Gate

Under a confident ride from local jockey Evin Roman, 2-year-old colt Boise sat off a fast pace before threading the needle between horses in midstretch, surging past a handful of runners, and nailing 8-5 race favorite Degree of Risk late to win the feature race at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Calif., on Saturday, the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes. Run at the one-mile distance on Tapeta, Boise completed the eight furlongs in 1:37.96 seconds.

Boise sat off a fast pace of :23.17 and :46.85 before beginning a move midway on the far turn. Swinging for home, Boise continued to move forward between horses, found a seam in midstretch, and surged to the lead with 50 yards left to go. The official margin of victory was a half-length.

Boise, trained by Jonathan Wong and owned by the partnership group of Jason Hall, Scott Herbertson, and Sheldon Steinmetz, returned $5.00 to win, $3.00 to place, and $2.40 to show. Runner up finisher Degree of Risk paid $3.00 to place and $2.40 to show while Dr Pescado paid $5.40 to show. C’Mon Man completed the superfecta, early pacesetter Il Capitano held fifth, followed by Saint Ives, Bandera Azteca, Dimmi Quando, and Midnight Mojo.

With Saturday’s stakes win, Boise improved his lifetime record to two wins from three starts. His lone off-the-board finish was a fourth-place effort in the Qatar Gold Mile on Breeders’ Cup Friday. His career earnings from three starts is up to $72,000. Boise, bred in Kentucky by Upson Downs Farm, is a son of Temple City purchased for $27,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale of 2020.

A 9-race card ends the racing on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. Closing Week is next week, with Friday through Sunday racing. Next Sunday features mandatory payouts in the Pick 6, Rolling High Five, and both Pick 5 bets, with the feature race on Closing Day going as the Miss America Stakes for fillies and mare turf routers.

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