Big Increases In Attendance, Handle At Golden Gate Fields Through Week One

Big Increases In Attendance, Handle At Golden Gate Fields Through Week One

An on-track crowd of 5,517 attended Sunday’s racing program at Golden Gate Fields, capping a very successful opening week of the track’s summer racing season.

     Attendance was up 34 percent from the comparative opening week of 2009, when Golden Gate Fields opened a summer meeting on Aug. 12.  On-track handle was up two percent while total handle was up 17 percent.

     Jockey Russell Baze, who rode three winners on Wednesday’s opening-day program, wrapped up his impressive first week at the summer session by riding three more winners Sunday.  Baze took the fourth race with Candy’s Pleasure ($2.80), the fifth with Three Quarter Tout ($4.20), and the seventh with Wealthy Aviator ($10.20).

     Jockeys Leslie Mawing, Michael Martinez and Frank Alvarado all had riding doubles Sunday.  Baze tops the rider standings with 13 victories through the first five days of the 29-day meeting.  Mawing and Martinez are tied for second with six wins apiece.

     William E. Morey, who saddled two winners Sunday, holds a 6-5 lead over Steve Sherman in the trainer standings after one week.  Morey teamed with Baze to win the fifth race with Three Quarter Tout and the ninth with Castagiantshadow ($3.20).

     Racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.