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BERKELEY, Calif. - Golden Gate Fields invites San Francisco race fans to skip the post-holiday sales and hit the race track on Dec. 26th for the start of the Winter Meet.
Gates open at 10. a.m. with the first post coming at 12:15 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields is dark for the two days following the Winter Meet opening, but returns on Thursday before kicking off a weekend of quality entertainment.
Golden Gate Fields will also continue to offer some of the San Francisco Bay Area's best entertainment offers throughout the weekend.
As always, every Friday is Senior Friday at the track. Members of the Thoroughbreds Club who are 62 years and older receive free Clubhouse admission.
San Francisco fans can come to the race track on Saturday will receive a free calendar featuring some of California's most acclaimed race horses.
On Sunday, the closing day of the Fall Meet, fans can enjoy the thrill of thoroughbred horse racing without missing any of the action from NFL games. Golden Gate Fields’ NFL End Zone, a fully equipped sports bar complete with 16 plasma televisions and the Sunday Ticket package, brings all the action trackside from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.
Sunday's are also Dollar Days at Golden Gate Fields, where patrons can receive admission, hot dogs, beers, sodas, program and parking for only $1.
Gates open for all three days of thoroughbred horse racing and entertainment at 10 a.m., with the first race posting at 12:45 p.m.
About Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gates Fields race track, Northern California’s premier thoroughbred horse racing facility, commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941. Due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains, the inaugural horse races lasted only five days. America’s involvement in World War II meant racing at the race track wouldn’t resume for six years, and the track became a naval amphibious landing craft base.
Golden Gate Fields reopened on Sept. 9, 1947, and since has hosted many of the sports’ greatest thoroughbred horses and jockeys. The great Bill Shoemaker, who would go on to become the world’s winningest riders, scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields on April 20, 1949, aboard Shafter V. He retired 41 years later with 8,833 wins.
Through the years champion horses like Citation (1948 Horse of the Year), Noor (Handicap Horse of 1950), Determine (1954 Kentucky Derby winner), John Henry (Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984), Brown Bess (Female Grass Horse of 1989), Tight Spot (Grass Horse of 1991), and Lost in the Fog (Sprinter of 2005) have competed at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields is a beautiful facility that features an elegant Turf Club, a vast and comfortable Club House, smart simulcast rooms, and plenty of free seating in the general admission areas, all of which make a trip to the facility one of the most entertaining events in the San Francisco Bay Area.