Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday, August 16

Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday, August 16

 
          Live thoroughbred racing returns to Golden Gate Fields Friday when the East Bay track opens its 2013 summer meeting, a 19-day affair that runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.
 
     Post time opening day – as well as Friday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 30 – is 3:45 p.m.  Post time all other days is 1:15 p.m. and the weekly breakdown of the racing schedule is as follows:
 
Week One (Aug. 16-18):  Racing Friday through Sunday.
Week Two (Aug. 22-25):  Racing Thursday through Sunday.
Week Three (Aug. 29-Sept. 1): Racing Thursday through Sunday.
Week Four (Sept. 2, Sept. 4, and Sept. 6-8): Racing Monday (Labor Day), Wednesday (closing day at Del Mar), and Friday through Sunday. 
Week Five (Sept. 13-15): Racing Friday through Sunday.
 
     Golden Gate Fields will present “Happy Hour” racing the first three Fridays of the meeting and fans attending the early-evening cards will enjoy food and drink specials from 3:45 p.m. (post time for the first race) to 5:45 p.m. (post time for the fifth race).
“Happy Hour” specials include all bottled beer for $3.50, Sauza margaritas for $5.00, Bulliet bourbon for $5.00, jumbo hot dogs for $2.00, regular nachos for $2.00, and fountain sodas for $2.00.
 
     Golden Gate Fields will offer Dollar Day cards – general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers and sodas are just a buck each – and free concerts every Sunday at the meeting.  The Summer Concert Series will feature a Hispanic music festival on Aug. 18 and performances by Azure Moon on Aug. 25, Busta Groove on 
Sept. 1, Soul Pie on Sept. 8, and an encore by Azure Moon on Sept. 15.
 
     Golden Gate Fields will also conduct a Dollar Day program on Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day.  The holiday card will be highlighted by the $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest for 3-year-olds and up.  
 
     Fans can gain free entry to Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, Sept. 8, by participating in a canned food drive benefiting the food banks of Contra Costa, Solano and Alameda counties.  Patrons that donate a canned food item will have their choice of free club house or grandstand admission.
 
    Golden Gate Fields will host “Wiener Wars,” featuring the always-entertaining wiener dogs, every Saturday during the summer stand.  The wiener dog races will be presented between the thoroughbred events, however, this is no wagering on the zig-zagging and easily-distracted canines. 
 
     Hall of Fame horsemen Russell Baze and Jerry Hollendorfer will be among the jockeys and trainers competing at the summer session.  Baze is the winningest jockey in North American racing history (he had 12,018 victories through Aug. 7, 2013) and Hollendorfer ranks third on all-time win list for trainers (he had 6,465 wins through 
Aug. 7, 2013).