Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes Tops Holiday Weekend Of Racing At GGF

Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes Tops Holiday Weekend Of Racing At GGF

     The Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes will be the main event during a big holiday weekend at Golden Gate Fields, which will present thoroughbred racing Thursday through Monday, Memorial Day.  Post time each day is 12:45 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields will offer Dollar Day specials on Sunday – general parking, general admission, hot dogs, beers and sodas all cost just a buck – and host a Family Day party on Monday that will feature many free activities for kids, including pony rides, bounce houses, and face painters from noon to 4 p.m.  

     The popular Bay Area band Busta Groove will perform on the Trackside Stage between races on Sunday and Monday, and fans attending Monday’s Memorial Day card will receive a free Golden Gate Fields stadium chair.

     The Berkeley Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile event for 4-year-olds and up, will be run Monday and figures to be a very interesting contest.  Entries for the Berkeley will be taken Friday morning and Golden Gate Fields stakes coordinator David Jerkens is expecting the following horses for the race: Bold Chieftain, Cigar Man, Delightful Kiss, Honour The Deputy, Hudson Landing, Knockout Artist, Mobilized, and Our Nautique.

     The Berkeley lineup will showcase some true warriors of the turf.  Bold Chieftain is an 8-year-old horse who has won 13 stakes and earned $1,558,291 in 40 career starts.  Delightful Kiss is a 7-year-old gelding who has captured five stakes and banked $1,093,593 in 32 trips to the starting gate.  Knockout Artist is a 7-year-old gelding who has been victorious in four of his last five races but hasn’t won a stakes since July 18, 2007, when he took a division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar.

     Cigar Man, a 6-year-old gelding with 36 races under his belt, is based in Southern California but scored his lone stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields last November when he won the Grade 3 All American in a photo finish.  New Zealand-bred Our Nautique is a 6-year-old gelding who is coming off a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on the Golden Gate Fields turf on April 30.

     Hudson Landing won the Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, Honour the Deputy finished second in the Toyko City Stakes at Santa Anita on March 26, and  Mobilized ran third in the Tiznow Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 23.

     Bold Chieftain, trained by William J. Morey, Jr., is hoping his third try in the Berkeley will be the charm.  Bold Chieftain finished second in the stakes in 2009 and 2010, losing by a head both times.