G.G. Ryder (blinkers) gets his nose down at the wire to take the G3 All American Stakes
G.G. Ryder, trained by Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, held on determinedly to take a four-horse photo-finish and win the G3 All American Stakes by a head at Golden Gate Fields.
Ridden by Irving Orozco, G.G. Ryder was too far off the pace, but had to cover four lengths in the stretch to get the nod over Flamboyant. Alert Bay, the betting favorite, was another head back in third, and Street Lad was fourth.
The final time for the mile was 1:37.48.
Sent off at odds of 10-1, G.G Ryder paid $ 23.80, $ 9.80, and $ 4.20 across the board.
“I was kind of disappointed in myself last time because I let Alert Bay get away,” said jockey Irving Orozco. “This time I wanted to sit just off of him. Once I got my horse to the outside, he knows what to do. I knew I had the inside horses put away, and I was just worried about the outside horse closing. But my horse dug in and put his nose out to get there.”
“This horse always tries real hard. He’s never changed and he’s always been eager to do this. He’s been very good for us and we’re grateful to have him. Street Lad is a horse you’re going to be hearing a lot from. He’s a really nice horse. They had a hard time getting to him,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
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