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Golden Gate Fields Continues Winter Meet
BERKELEY, CALIF – March 15, 2011 - Golden Gate Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, located just off I-80 in Berkeley, eight miles from downtown Oakland and 11 miles from San Francisco, continues its winter meet with live racing every Thursday through Sunday through April and Wednesday through Sunday from May 1 until June 12, 2011.
General Admission, Club House, and Top of the Stretch gates open at 10 a.m. while the Turf Club opens at 11 a.m. The daily post time is at 12:45 pm, with 8-10 live races per day. Live racing results are also available at the track’s website, http://www.GoldenGateFields.com. Tickets to the track can be purchased at the admission gates, the day of racing.
Along with live racing, the Northern California’s premier horse racing facility offers a variety of things to do in the San Francisco and Berkeley areas. The track is open for simulcast days on Wednesdays, hosts Dollar Days every Sunday, as well as other special events as follows:
Saturday, April 9- Wiener Nationals
Sunday, April 24- Easter Family Day
Saturday, May 7- Kentucky Derby Day
Sunday, May 8- Start of the Dollar Day Spring Concert Series
Saturday, May 21- Preakness Stakes Day
Monday, May 30- Memorial Day Holiday Racing
Saturday, June 11- Belmont Stakes Day
Admission Prices range from $1 to $15 and kids 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
About Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gates Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, 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 horse racing results. 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.
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 more information on California horse racing, things to do in San Francisco or the latest horse racing results, visit Golden Gate Fields online at http://www.GoldenGateFields.com, on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/GoldenGateFields or on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/GGFRacing