Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday Afternoon With ‘Happy Hour’ Racing

Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday Afternoon With ‘Happy Hour’ Racing

     Golden Gate Fields opens its 2012 summer meeting Friday with a “Happy Hour” racing program that features half-price admission, food and drink specials, and live music between races.  Post time for the eight-race opener is 3:45 p.m.

     The 17-day summer session runs through Sunday, Sept. 16, and racing will be conducted on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule.  There will be special racing cards on Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day), and Wednesday, Sept. 5 (closing day at Del Mar).

     Post time at the summer meeting is 1:15 p.m. with the exception of Fridays in August, when “Happy Hour” racing begins at 3:45 p.m.  

     The first three Saturdays of the meeting – Aug. 18, Aug. 25, and Sept. 1 – have been designated as Family Fun Days.  Golden Gate Fields will offer many free activities for kids, including a zip line, rock climbing wall, obstacle courses and bounce houses.  Kids are admitted free to the track and the activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

     Every Sunday during the season Golden Gate Fields will offer $1 specials – general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas will cost just a buck – and present free live concerts.  The lineup for the summer concert series is as follows: Tainted Love, Aug. 19; The Department Of Rock, Aug. 26; Love Fool, Sept. 2; Filipino Music Fest, Sept. 9; and The Cheeseballs, Sept. 16.

     Fans attending the races on Labor Day will receive a free Golden Gate Fields baseball cap that features the track’s classic logo from the 1970s.  Horses won’t be the only animals competing on the holiday card as Dachshunds will be showcased in the Wiener Nationals.

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.