Racing News

G. G. Ryder Edges Stablemate Summer Hit In San Francisco Mile

     G. G. Ryder dealt stablemate Summer Hit his third consecutive tough defeat in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile when he won the $100,000 turf stakes by a half-length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez, G. G. Ryder ran down front-running Summer Hit and jockey Russell Baze in the final yards to give trainer Jerry Hollendorfer the exacta in the top grass race of the spring meeting.  

Jockey Carr Out Of Hospital And Bound For New York

Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a head injury in a starting gate incident on April 19 at Golden Gate Fields, was released from Highland Hospital Friday evening and plans to return to his home in the Saratoga Springs area of New York next week.  
     “Dennis’ progress continues to be excellent,” said Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Golden Gate Fields.  “He plans to complete his recuperation in New York in the company of his wife, Alisa, and their dogs.”

Three $100,000 Stakes At Golden Gate Fields This Weekend

Golden Gate Fields will present a trio of $100,000 turf stakes this weekend.  
     The San Francisco Mile, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds and up, will highlight Saturday’s program.  Sunday, California-bred 3-year-olds will be featured in the Silky Sullivan Stakes and the Campanile Stakes.  

$100,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 At Golden Gate Fields Saturday

     In celebration of San Francisco Mile Day, Golden Gate Fields is guaranteeing a $100,000 pool in the late Pick 4 Saturday. 
     A 50-cent wager that requires bettors to pick the winner in four consecutive races, the late Pick 4 will be held on races six through nine.  The $100,000 San Francisco Mile is the second race in the late Pick 4 sequence.

Pepper Crown Will Try To Defend San Francisco Mile Crown

     Pepper Crown, the upset winner of the 2014 San Francisco Mile, will try to defend his crown in the $100,000 turf stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
     A Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds and up, the SF Mile attracted a field of eight when entries were taken Wednesday morning.  Pepper Crown drew post position seven and will be ridden by apprentice David C. Lopez.

Carr Recovering Well From Head Injury

Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a blunt blow to the back of his head in a starting gate incident Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, was “sitting up and recovering very well” Monday morning after undergoing surgery Sunday night at Highland Hospital in Oakland to remove blood from around his brain and relieve cranial pressure.

Former Jockey Stortz Gets First Training Win

     Marcia Stortz, a former jockey who was forced to retire from race riding in 2013 due to a knee problem, earned her first victory as a trainer Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when her 5-year-old gelding Blazing Mojave won the third race in a photo finish.

Jockey Gonzalez Gets First Riding Four-Bagger

Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez, who has recorded 20 riding hat tricks in his young career, earned his first four-bagger Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Gonzalez captured the third race with Mambo Rock ($6.60), the fourth with Loop Current Eddie ($2.60), the seventh with Golden Guy ($9.40), and the eighth with Deb’s Wildcard ($9.00).
     Gonzalez has scored with eight of his 14 mounts this week as he rode three winners Thursday and one Friday. 

Hollendorfer Seeks Riches At Charles Town, Hawthorne

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will seek a pair of rich road victories Saturday when he sends out top-ranked Shared Belief in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and Cross the Line in the $400,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne near Chicago. 
     Shared Belief, America’s best racehorse, is the 2-5 morning line favorite in the Charles Town Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race contested on a six-furlong oval.  The race begins on the backstretch and requires trips around three tight turns.

High Test Rallies From Last To Win Sprint Feature

High Test charged from last to first under Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze to capture the $23,105 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by a half-length Thursday.
     High Test, who was coming off a second-place finish in a $16,000 claiming event on April 2, raced for a $25,000 claiming tag Thursday and paid $11.00 after being dismissed as the fourth wagering choice in a field of six.