Racing News

CITY BY THE BAY TAKES TO TURF WITH WIN IN SATURDAY FEAUTURE

ALBANY, CALIF. – City by the Bay made her turf debut a winning one, going straight to the lead and never looking back to win Golden Gate Fields’ Saturday feature, a $35,574 open allowance turf sprint for fillies and mares.
 

BADILLA PICKS UP EMOTIONAL WIN AS CODE WARRIOR IMPRESSES ON DEBUT

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS                                                   FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2015

 

BADILLA PICKS UP EMOTIONAL WIN AS CODE WARRIOR IMPRESSES ON DEBUT

 

GOLDEN GATE TO CONDUCT FOOD DRIVE ON SUNDAY

ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields will host a food drive on Sunday, with free Club House admission offered to racegoers who donate at least one unopened and unexpired food item.
 
Donations may be dropped off at the Club House and General Admission gates. There is a limit of one free admission per patron who donates. 
 

GOLDEN GATE TO SIMULCAST TRAVERS STAKES FEATURING AMERICAN PHAROAH

ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields on Saturday will offer simulcast wagering on the Grade 1, $1.6 million Travers Stakes, which attracted thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
 
The 1 ¼-mile Travers for 3-year-olds is one of seven stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in New York. American Pharoah enters the Travers off a 2 ¼-length win in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2. 
 

SMOKEY IMAGE TO MAKE NEXT START IN I’M SMOKIN FOLLOWING THURSDAY WORK AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

ALBANY, CALIF. – Smokey Image, an unbeaten juvenile from the barn of Greg James, worked four furlongs in :48 2/5 seconds under assistant trainer and exercise rider Mary Panian this morning at Golden Gate Fields.
 

MYSTERY STRIKE TAKES STEP FORWARD WITH SUNDAY ALLOWANCE WIN

ALBANY, CALIF. – Well-bred 3-year-old Mystery Strike improved her record to 2-for-2 with a 1 ¾-length victory in a $29,250 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
Favored off an impressive debut win on July 18 at Sacramento, Mystery Strike raced in fifth along the backstretch, came under hand urging nearing the five-sixteenths pole, claimed the lead in midstretch, and leveled off nicely under Hall of Famer Russell Baze to win the Sunday feature. 
 

FORMER TRAINER BORG, 85, PASSES AWAY FOLLOWING LONG ILLNESS

ALBANY, CALIF. – Joe Borg, Jr., who had competed in Northern California and Arizona as a trainer, died August 8 following a lengthy illness. He was 85.
 
Born in San Francisco, Borg worked as a butcher before taking out his trainer’s license during the 1950s. He trained thoroughbreds, appaloosas, and quarter horses. His notable horses included the quarter horse Blueberry Policy and the appaloosa Miss Jenny Lynn. 
 

HOLDTHISMISS BEATS ELDERS IN SATURDAY FEATURE AT GOLDEN GATE

ALBANY, CALIF. – Lightly raced Holdthismiss patiently waited behind horses before surging to the front in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Golden Gate’s Saturday feature, a $35,415 entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up. 
 
Just one of two sophomores entered in the six-furlong race, Holdthismiss raced in sixth early, shifted out at the top of the stretch, and ran down New Karma in the final strides to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths under jockey Juan Hernandez. The final time was 1:10.48. 
 

FREY POSTS RIDING TRIPLE ON GOLDEN GATE OPENING DAY

ALBANY, CALIF. – Jockey Kyle Frey swept the early double and added a win in race 6 to register a triple on opening day at Golden Gate Fields.
 
Frey, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Apprentice, partnered with trainer Eric Kruljac and owner Kings River Ranch to take the opener with Good Stats ($5.20) and race 2 with Pick by the Box ($8.60). In race 6, he guided Kings Adventure ($6.00) to victory for trainer Sal Naranjo and owner Jesus Franco.
 

BLUE-BLOODED MYSTERY STRIKE FACING WINNERS IN SUNDAY FEATURE

ALBANY, CALIF. – Mystery Strike, a 3-year-old filly from the family of A.P. Indy, will face winners for the first time in the Sunday feature at Golden Gate Fields.
 
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for LNJ Foxwoods, Mystery Strike was tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for race 8, a $27,000 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track.
 
In her lone start, Mystery Strike registered an easy 2 ¾-length win on July 18 at Sacramento.