Special Veteran’s Day Racing Monday; Memorial Services Thursday For Qvale

Special Veteran’s Day Racing Monday; Memorial Services Thursday For Qvale

      Golden Gate Fields will present a special Veteran’s Day racing program Monday.  Post time for the seven-card card is 12:45 p.m.
 
      Jockey Russell Baze tuned up for the holiday program by riding three straight winners Sunday.  Baze recorded a “natural” riding hat trick when he took the fourth race with Unbridled Bounty ($3.60), the fifth with Quick Glory ($7.80), and the sixth with Stop the Clock ($6.00).
 
      Baze is scheduled to ride five horses Monday, including morning-line favorites Prince Dr (6-5 in the fourth race) and Suances Flower (9-5 in the seventh race).
 
     A memorial service for Kjell H. Qvale, a former majority owner and president of Golden Gate Fields and a longtime owner and breeder of racehorses in California, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grace Cathedral (1100 California St.) in San Francisco.  Mr. Qvale, 94, died Nov. 1.
 
     In addition to serving as president of Pacific Racing Association (Golden Gate Fields), Mr. Qvale served as chairman of the board of Bay Meadows and chairman of the board of the California Jockey Club. 
 
     A member of the California Racing Hall of Fame, Mr. Qvale regularly ranked among the state’s top 10 breeders in the 1980s and 1990s.  He was represented by three California champions, including multiple graded-stakes winner Silveyville, the 1984 California Horse of the Year who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby in 1981 and earned $1,282,880.
 
     Mr. Qvale also bred and owned Variety Queen (California’s champion 3-year-old filly in 1979) and Variety Baby (California’s champion 2-year-old filly in 1987), as well as Variety Road, a two-time Grade 1 winner who earned $964,540.  Mr. Qvale also campaigned the multiple-stakes winning sprinter Tribesman, victor of the $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in 2008. 
 
     Mr. Qvale, a native of Norway, was a legend in the automotive world and was one of the first auto dealers to import European sports cars to the U.S.  Mr. Qvale owned and operated British Motor Car Distributors, Ltd., in San Francisco until his passing.
 
     Mr. Qvale is survived by two sons, Jeff and Bruce; seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.