$100,000 Berkeley Handicap Will Cap Busy Holiday Weekend

$100,000 Berkeley Handicap Will Cap Busy Holiday Weekend

      The holiday weekend at Golden Gate Fields will feature a twilight racing card on Friday, the popular “Wiener Nationals” on Saturday, a Dollar Day card on Sunday, and the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap and a Family Day party on Monday, Memorial Day.

     The racing week begins with a seven-race program Thursday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m.

     Post time for Friday’s twilight program is 3:15 p.m. and the track will offer half-off pricing on parking, admission, well drinks and beer.  Grandstand gates open at 1 p.m., and the Turf Club at 2 p.m.  The club house will open at 10 a.m. for simulcast wagering on tracks from across the country.

     Post time Saturday, Sunday, and Monday is 1:15 p.m.

     Things will literally go to the dogs Saturday when Dachshunds race down the stretch between the thoroughbred races in the “Wiener Nationals.”  The Dachshund races, to quote David Letterman, “is only an exhibition, not a competition, so please, no wagering.”

     Fans attending Sunday’s Dollar Day card can take advantage of $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas, and also enjoy a free concert by the band Mustache Harbor.   

     Memorial Day activities at Golden Gate Fields will include a free handicapping seminar, a sports bag giveaway, the Family Day party, and the Berkeley Handicap, which will feature the multi-millionaire Awesome Gem.

     Tom Quigley of Horseplayer Magazine and Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona will co-host the handicapping seminar, which will be held at 11 a.m. in the Paddock Pub (located on the track level near the winner’s circle).  The Family Day party will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the north end of the track and offer many free activities for kids, including pony rides, bounce houses and face painters.

     The Berkeley Handicap is a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses.  Entries for the race will be taken Friday morning and a strong cast is expected for the feature.  Awesome Gem, a 9-year-old gelding who has won numerous stakes and earned $2,761,370 in 49 career starts, is among the runners confirmed for the Berkeley.