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About Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gate Fields is located along the bay in the city of Albany, California, eight miles from downtown Oakland and 11 miles from San Francisco. The track crosses the Albany/Berkeley city line, and the stable area is located in the city limits of Berkeley.
Golden Gates Fields commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941. Due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains, the inaugural meeting lasted only five days. America’s involvement in World War II meant racing at the track wouldn’t resume for six years, and the track became a naval amphibious landing craft base.
Golden Gate Fields reopened on Sept. 9, 1947, and since has produced many of the sports’ greatest thrills. The ’47 season was highlighted by an amazing afternoon of racing on Oct. 4 when two horses, in consecutive races, set world records. Fair Truckle sped six furlongs in 1:08 2/5 and Count Speed ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.
The great Bill Shoemaker, who would go on to become the world’s winningest rider, scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields on April 20, 1949, aboard Shafter V. He retired 41 years later with 8,833 wins.
Through the years champion horses like Citation (1948 Horse of the Year), Noor (Handicap Horse of 1950), Determine (1954 Kentucky Derby winner), John Henry (Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984), Brown Bess (Female Grass Horse of 1989), Tight Spot (Grass Horse of 1991), and Lost in the Fog (Sprinter of 2005) have competed at Golden Gate Fields.
The list of Hall of Fame horsemen to campaign at Golden Gate Fields is lengthy and includes jockeys Shoemaker, Johnny Longden, Ralph Neves, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens, Eddie Delahoussaye, and current kingpin Russell Baze (racing’s all-time winningest jockey with more than 11,000 victories).
Trainers such as Charlie Whittingham, William Molter, Hirsch Jacobs, William J. Hirsch, Horace A. Jones, Lucien Laurin, Lazaro S. Barrera, Bobby Frankel, D. Wayne Lukas, Neil Drysdale, Richard Mandella, Ron McAnally, and Jack Van Berg have saddled winners at Golden Gate Fields. Current Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, is the track’s all-time leading conditioner.
Host to some of the greatest views in the San Francisco Bay Area, Golden Gate Fields guests are treated to panoramic views of landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco skyline, and more.
Golden Gate Fields is a beautiful facility that features an elegant Turf Club, a vast and comfortable Club House, smart simulcast rooms, and plenty of free seating in the general admission areas.
For the best bet in town, look no further than Golden Gate Fields – where the Bay comes to play.
Golden Gate Fields
1100 Eastshore Highway
Berkeley, California 94710