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Loaded 45-Day Fall Meeting Begins Wednesday At Golden Gate Fields
Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume Wednesday when the track launches its 2010 Fall meeting, a loaded 45-day session that will run through Sunday, Dec. 19.
Racing will be conducted on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule and post time is 12:45 p.m. There will be special post times on Friday, Nov. 5 (Breeders’ Cup Day 1 at Churchill Downs, first post at GGF is 1 p.m.); Saturday, Nov. 6 (Breeders’ Cup Day 2, post time is 11:50 a.m.); and Thursday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Day (post time is 11:15 a.m.).
Golden Gate Fields will present seven stakes races during the fall season, with the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes highlighting the stakes slate. The All American is a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up and will be run on Friday, Nov. 26, when Golden Gate Fields serves up a big “Day-After-Thanksgiving” card.
The stakes schedule features four events for 2-year-olds. Two-year-old fillies who prefer to sprint can match strides in the $50,000 Golden Gate Debutante, a six-furlong dash that will be run on Saturday, Nov. 6. The $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes on Saturday, Dec. 11, is for 2-year-old fillies that wish to race one mile.
The $50,000 Golden Nugget Stakes for 2-year-olds will be contested at six furlongs on Saturday, Nov. 13. The $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes, a one-mile test for 2-year-olds, will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 11.
The first stakes race, the $50,000 Oakland, will be run on Saturday, Oct. 23, and feature sprinters, 3-year-olds and up, knocking heads over six furlongs. Stakes racing will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 18, when California-bred fillies and mares match strides on the turf in the $75,000 Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile race.
The simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Churchill Downs on Nov. 5-6 will afford fans the opportunity to watch and wager on the best horses in the world. Bay Area mainstays Jerry Hollendorfer, Russell Baze and Jeff Bonde will be competing in the Breeders’ Cup as Hollendorfer will saddle Blind Luck in the $2 million Ladies’ Classic and Dakota Phone in the $1 million Dirt Mile while Baze and Bonde team up with Smiling Tiger in the $2 million Sprint.
Golden Gate Fields will transform into Northern California’s largest sports bar every Sunday during the fall meeting when the track broadcasts all the football action via the NFL Sunday Ticket and offers fans $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. General parking, general admission and racing programs are also just a buck on Sundays.
The fall season is loaded with promotions, the first of which is “Dogtoberfest” on Saturday, Oct. 23, when fans can bring their dogs to the races and enjoy, as the great Homer Simpson would say, “Beeeerrrr.” Fans attending “Dogtoberfest” will receive a free Golden Gate Fields jockey boot pint glass.
Golden Gate Fields will turn into “Ghostly Gate Fields” on Sunday, Oct. 31, when the track hosts a Halloween Party for families that will feature a pumpkin patch, a haunted house, a costume contest, face painters, bounce houses, and pony rides.
The promotion schedule also includes an umbrella giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 13, and a fleece jacket giveaway on Saturday, Dec. 4. In the spirit of the holidays, Golden Gate Fields will host a Toys-4-Tots Toy Drive on Sunday, Nov. 14, and a canned food drive on Saturday, Nov. 20. Fans participating in the toy drive and the canned food drive will receive free club house passes to Golden Gate Fields.