Golden Gate Fields Launches 36-Day Fall Meeting Thursday

Golden Gate Fields Launches 36-Day Fall Meeting Thursday

     Golden Gate Fields will launch its 2011 fall meeting Thursday and the 36-day season will offer fans many promotions and racing highlights, including the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and a big day-after-Thanksgiving program that will feature the $100,000 All American Stakes.

     The fall meeting will run through Sunday, Dec. 18, and racing will be conducted four days a week on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     Opening weekend activities include “Dogtoberfest” on Saturday and a Dollar Day NFL card on Sunday.  Fans can bring their canine friends to the track for “Dogtoberfest” and sample fine brews in the Oktoberfest beer garden located near the winner’s circle.

     Dollar Day NFL cards will be offered every Sunday during the fall session and feature $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas, and the broadcast of all the football games via Golden Gate Fields’ subscription to the Sunday Ticket television package.

     Golden Gate Fields will host a Halloween party for families on Sunday, Oct. 30, when it presents “Ghostly Gate Fields,” an event featuring a pumpkin patch, a costume contest, face painters, bounce houses, and pony rides.

     The Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at Churchill Downs, and Golden Gate Fields will simulcast all the races from the historic Louisville track.  The best horses from around the globe compete in the Breeders’ Cup events, which feature large fields and outstanding wagering opportunities.

     The Championship Friday program (featuring six Breeders’ Cup races and 10 races total) at Churchill begins at 11 a.m.  The Championship Saturday card (nine Breeders’ Cup races and 12 total) starts at 9:05 a.m.  Grandstand, Club House, and Top of the Stretch gates at Golden Gate Fields will open at 10 a.m. on Championship Friday.  All gates will open at 8:30 a.m. on Championship Saturday.
     Golden Gate Fields will present live racing programs in addition to simulcasting the Breeders’ Cup cards and post time for the first local race is 1 p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday.

     Thanksgiving Day racing will be offered at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday, Nov. 24, and the track has scheduled a special early post time of 11:15 a.m. for the holiday card.  The early start affords fans the opportunity to enjoy a day of racing and still get home in time to carve the bird.

     The day after Thanksgiving, a.k.a. Black Friday, Nov. 25, Golden Gate Fields will present the Grade 3 All American Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds and up.  The All American highlights a special racing card that provides an entertainment alternative for those who do not wish to participate in the busiest shopping day of the year.  

     The All American is the main event on a seven-race stakes schedule that features four events for 2-year-olds.  Two-year-old fillies will match strides over six furlongs in the $50,000 Golden Gate Debutante on Saturday, Nov. 5, and then have the opportunity to stretch out to a mile in the $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 3.

     The $50,000 Golden Nugget Stakes for 2-year-olds will be contested at six furlongs on Saturday, Nov. 12.  On Saturday, Dec. 10, juveniles will race around two turns in the one-mile Gold Rush Stakes, a $75,000 event.

     Stakes racing begins Saturday with the $50,000 Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for
3-year-olds and up, and will conclude with the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 17.  The Pacific Heights is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for California-bred fillies and mares.