Racing News

Preakness Betting Available Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Friday can make advance wagers on Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, which features a rematch between the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby.
     American Pharoah won the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by a length over Firing Line, who took second by two lengths over Dortmund.  Those three runners will be joined by five others in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Debut For California Chrome’s Full Sister Delayed By Virus

Hope’s Love, a full-sister to 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, was scheduled to make her career debut Friday at Golden Gate Fields but will be not be up to the task, trainer Steve Sherman reported Wednesday. 

Sky Preacher Prevails By Nose In Alcatraz Stakes

     Sky Preacher, who was gifted the lead on the first turn, opened up a commanding advantage and then just held on to win the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes by a nose Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Sky Preacher broke from the outside post in a field of five and had just dropped in behind pacesetters Krsto Skye and Madiba when the former bore out badly on the first turn and carried Madiba with him eight paths wide.

Central Heat Extends Winning Streak In Golden Poppy Stakes

     The 6-year-old mare Central Heat extended her winning streak to four races and earned her first stakes victory Saturday when she out-kicked Theatre Star and Sing and Tell in the final sixteenth of a mile to capture the $61,615 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Handfull Puts Winning Streak On Line In Golden Poppy Stakes

The 6-year-old mare Handfull will put her four-race winning streak on the line Saturday when she faces nine opponents in the $50,000-added Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
    The Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile grass race for fillies and mares, is the seventh event on a nine-race program and will be run at approximately 4:30 p.m.  First post is 1:15 p.m.

Golden Poppy, Alcatraz Stakes On Tap This Weekend

A stakes double-header, featuring the $50,000-added Golden Poppy on Saturday and the $75,000 Alcatraz on Sunday, will be presented at Golden Gate Fields this weekend. 
     Ten fillies and mares have signed up for the Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest.  The lineup includes Handfull, a 6-year-old mare with a four-race winning streak, and Central Heat, a 6-year-old mare who has been victorious in five of her last six races.

Mr. Jay D Adds Golden Gate Fields Win To Portfolio

Mr. Jay D has three wins in four starts, with each of the victories coming at different racetracks.  Sunday, the 3-year-old gelding added a Golden Gate Fields win to his portfolio.
     Mr. Jay D made his Bay Area debut in a six-furlong allowance sprint and raced on the lead from the start while dueling with speedy Arrom Bear to the stretch.  Mr. Jay D took command in the lane and went on to score by 1 3/4 lengths over Midnight Bolt, who took second by five lengths over Global Harbor. 

Golden Gate Fields Opens Early Saturday For Derby Simulcast

All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the entire Kentucky Derby Day program from Churchill Downs in Louisville, where first post is 7:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
     Post time for the Kentucky Derby, the 11th race on the 13-race program, is 3:34 p.m.  
     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race program and post time for the first race is 

Apprentice Lopez Finishes April With Another Hat Trick

Apprentice jockey David C. Lopez has to be sorry the month of April is now in the rear view mirror. 
     Golden Gate Fields presented 15 racing cards in April and Lopez recorded multiple wins on five of those programs and rode at least one winner on all but two of them.  Thursday, he finished the month off with a riding triple – his third hat trick in April.  

Grazen Sky Wins Silky Sullivan; La Fiera Captures Campanile

Golden Gate Fields presented a stakes double-header for California-bred 
3-year-olds Sunday and Grazen Sky and La Fiera came away with victories in the $100,000 grass races before a crowd of 10,835.
     Grazen Sky, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez, defeated Pulmarack by 1 1/4 lengths in the Silky Sullivan Stakes, which featured a field of six colts and geldings after 9-5 morning-line favorite Richard’s Boy was scratched.