San Francisco Mile Preview

The San Francisco Mile will be the featured race of the day at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, as there will be a prize purse of $250,000 up for grabs. You can find a full rundown for the Grade 3 race below.

Event Details

The San Francisco Mile takes place at Golden Gate Fields and is a Grade 3 affair. Horses that are aged three and older are eligible for entry, as the field competes over a 1-mile distance. This race has been included on the American racing schedule since; 1948 when it was previously known as the Golden Gate Mile. Famous horses that have won this race in the past include; Triple Crown winner Citation and California Super Star Native Diver.

San Francisco Mile 2021 Entries

The entries for the 2021 renewal of the San Francisco Mile were made this past week. The horses that will be lining up for the illustrious race at Golden Gate Fields are:

  • Kiwi’s Dream (5/1)
  • Whisper Not (6/1)
  • Keeper ofthe Stars (3/1)
  • Diamond Blitz (30/1)
  • Ohio (6/1)
  • Border Town (7/2)
  • Brown Storm (9/2)
  • Restrainedvengence (6/1)

Leading Contenders

There are a number of interesting horses that will be lining up for the San Francisco Mile that have proven Graded form behind them. Ohio will be one of the most interesting selections.

The nine-year-old is coming towards the end of his illustrious career. He has been lightly raced over the past two years, and that could suit him. Ohio has placed in two of his last three starts, which includes the win that he achieved in the Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile at Turf Paradise in January 2020. He most recently finished seventh in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes in March 2020.

Border Town could be an interesting contender for trainer Richard Mandella if he can replicate the form he showed last time out. He finished third in the Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes at Santa Anita. Diamond Blitz is another interesting selection, as he has won his last three. However, lack of Grade racing experience may be a slight concern.

Keeper Of the Stars will be among the favorites for the race at Golden Gate Fields, as he won the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes in May last year. That was a second consecutive Graded victory for the five-year-old, as he had won the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes just a couple of months earlier. However, this will be his first start since August, and he comes into the San Francisco Mile after back-to-back last-place finishes in the Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes and Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap.

San Francisco Mile Prediction

It certainly looks set to be a competitive renewal of this race, but we like the chances of Whisper Not for trainer Richard Baltas. The four-year-old has been improving and will start for the second time in the United States since joining the Baltas yard from British trainer Richard Hannon. His form in Europe was strong, as he won a stakes race in July 2020 at Pontefract by 20 lengths and won on the all-weather at Lingfield by a length in a competitive handicap. His first start in the States was impressive, as he finished third behind Smooth Like Strait in the Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile Stakes in December.

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