Racing News

Ryder’s Starlight Turns The Tables On Can Can Babe

Ryder’s Starlight turned the tables on Can Can Babe in the $30,240 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
     Ryder’s Starlight lost a race-long duel with Can Can Babe in a six-furlong dash on Dec. 28, coming up a length short to her rival.  On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ryder’s Starlight and Can Can Babe again staged their personal match race and this time Ryder’s Starlight prevailed by a head.

Mah Gellin Wins Off The Bench For Offield

     Mah Gellin, making his first start in 11 months, came from off the pace to post an impressive victory in the $37,631 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
     Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Mah Gellin surged to the lead in midstretch and then held off Siberian Laughter to win the six-furlong allowance race for 4-year-olds and up by a length in 1:10.15.  

Cross The Line Gives Trainer Hollendorfer Fourth Straight Win In California Derby

Cross the Line gave Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his fourth straight victory in the $100,000 California Derby when he held off Soul Driver and Stand and Salute down the stretch to win the 100th running of the stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze And Hollendorfer Seek More Glory In California Derby

     Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will try to win the California Derby together for the third straight year and fifth time overall when they team up with Stand and Salute in the 100th running of the stakes for 3-year-olds Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Soul Driver Is 2-1 Morning-Line Favorite In 100th California Derby

     Southern California invader Soul Driver has been made the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the $100,000 California Derby, which will have its 100th running Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
     The California Derby is a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds that serves as a prep for Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, which will be run Saturday, Feb. 14. 

Eight To Meet In 100th Running Of California Derby

     Eight 3-year-olds, including the first four finishers in the Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 6, are set to match strides in the 100th running of the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Originally run at the Oakland Trotting Park in 1873, the California Derby predates the Kentucky Derby, which was first run in 1875.  

54-Year-Old Birthday Girl/Apprentice Rides First Race

Carolyn Mendes not only celebrated her 54th birthday Sunday, she rode her first race as an apprentice jockey.   
     Mendes finished last aboard 10-1 Mount Zion in the 5 1/2-furlong eighth race at Golden Gate Fields but got the thrill of a lifetime.  Mount Zion broke alertly under his rookie pilot and raced in fourth for the first half of the race before fading down the stretch.  

Look Quickly Edges Fast And Foxy In Sprint Feature

     Look Quickly earned her sixth victory in nine tries when she ran down the speedy Fast and Foxy in the final strides to capture the $42,702 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     The heavy 2-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, Look Quickly needed the length of the stretch to get her head in front of Fast and Foxy and jockey Abel Cedillo.  The winning margin was a neck and Look Quickly covered six furlongs in 1:09.93.  Tabled With Gold, ridden by David Lopez, finished third. 

Horsewoman To Celebrate 54th Birthday Sunday By Riding Her First Race At Golden Gate Fields

     Carolyn Mendes, an experienced horsewoman, will cross an item off her bucket list Sunday when she celebrates her 54th birthday by riding in a race at Golden Gate Fields.
     Mendes will ride 15-1 longshot Mount Zion, a 6-year-old horse she bred, in the eighth race for trainer Rhoda March.  Mendes has owned and operated a training center in Lemoore for more than two decades and has done work for March, who maintains a racing stable at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, since 1996.

Niassa Improves To 2-For-2 At Golden Gate Fields

     Niassa improved to 2-for-2 at Golden Gate Fields and 3-for-5 lifetime when she trounced three rivals in the $31,806 allowance feature Thursday.
     The 3-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, Niassa spurted away from fellow pacesetter Buttercup Gold on the far turn and then poured it on down the stretch to win the one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies by nine lengths.