Jockey Shawn Spikes won his first race Sunday when he guided Game Seeker to a victory in race 1 at Golden Gate Fields.
Spikes and Game Seeker raced in second well behind the long shot pacesetter Dreamsrmadeof in the first half of the one-mile $12,500 maiden claiming event for fillies and mares. They steadily gained on the leader inside the half-mile pole, claimed the top spot turning for home and staved off a late bid from Shandong Dj Dragon to prevail by one length.
Game Seeker completed the distance in 1:43.60 and returned $8.60 for a $2 win bet as the 3-1 third choice in the field of five.
“It's something you have to experience (yourself) to get the feeling of it,” Spikes said. “Coming down the lane in front and holding it to the wire was amazing.”
Spikes is a native of San Francisco who frequently attended Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows during his childhood. He will celebrate his 20th birthday on Tuesday.
“I've been coming to the racetrack since I was 3, 4-years-old, with my grandparents, my mom (and) my auntie. I was going as a kid, watching the races. It was fascinating to me. The more I went, the more I wanted to ride. Once I turned 15 I went to the ranch with (trainers) Tirso Rivera and Frank Lucarelli. I was jumping horses with (riding instructor) Marguerite Barrier. The work paid off. I feel accomplished because I didn't grow up on a ranch. It's an amazing feeling to have accomplished something like this.”
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