Racing News

Summer Hit Installed As Favorite In $100,000 Berkeley Handicap

      Golden Gate Fields odds maker Steve Martinelli has made Summer Hit the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap, which will be run Friday at the East Bay racetrack.
 
     Considering Summer Hit’s record at Golden Gate Fields, it’s no surprise the 
4-year-old gelding is favored over five foes in the 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up. 
 

Trainer Delia Sees His Longshots Dead-Heat For Win

     Bill Delia enjoyed one of the greatest moments of his training career Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he saw his two longshots, 18-1 Fantastic Atticus and 13-1 Minister Vivendi, dead-heat for the win in the seventh race. 
 
     Fantastic Atticus, ridden by Leslie Mawing, and Minister Vivendi, under William Antongeorgi III, both charged from off the pace to win the one-mile allowance race by a neck over third-place finisher Unusual Meeting. 
 

Summer Hit Assigned Top Weight Of 123 Pounds For Berkeley Handicap

     Summer Hit, winner of the Grade 3 All American Stakes in May, has been assigned high weight of 123 pounds for the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     The Berkeley, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, will be run Friday, Nov. 29, and highlight a special “Black Friday” racing card.  The field for the Berkeley will be drawn Saturday morning.
 

Trainer Diaz’ Winning Streak Reaches Five Before Second-Place Finish

     Trainer A. L. Diaz extended his winning streak to five races Thursday when Pure Trickin, the horse that started the run of victories last month, won the second race at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Diaz’ streak came to an end two races later, however, when his 5-year-old gelding Hot Option finished second at odds of 14-1 in the fourth race. 
 

17 Runners Nominated To Berkeley Handicap

     Seventeen horses, including five multiple stakes-winners, have been nominated to the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     The main event of the fall meeting, the Berkeley will be run Friday, Nov. 29.  Fans attending the “Black Friday” card will have the chance to win a 42-inch high-definition television as track officials will raffle off one television after each of the nine races on the program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.
 

Classy Halo Dolly Wins Turf Feature

     The classy mare Halo Dolly, taking a break from stakes competition, charged from fourth in a field of five to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $42,364 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Russell Baze, Halo Dolly beat Luscious Lonna and Lady Aspen to the wire in the one-mile turf race for fillies and mares.  Luscious Lonna took second by a neck over Lady Aspen, a stablemate of Halo Dolly in the Hollendorfer barn.
 

Gallant Son Romps In Oakland Stakes

     The 7-year-old horse Gallant Son collected his eighth career stakes victory Saturday when he humbled eight opponents in the $50,850 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Always within striking distance while racing behind dueling leaders Moonshine Bay, Ain’t No Other and Coach Bob, Gallant Son shot through an opening along the rail entering the stretch and went on to win the six-furlong feature by 2 1/2 lengths.  
 

Ain’t No Other Is 5-2 Favorite In Oakland Stakes

     Ain’t No Other, who finished second as the 5-2 favorite in the $101,250 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 19, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $50,000-added Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     The Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, is the featured seventh race on a nine-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oakland is 3:50 p.m.
 

Abbreviated Racing Week Begins With Carryover In Pick Six

     An abbreviated racing week at Golden Gate Fields gets started Friday with a carryover of $32,636 in the Pick Six.   Post time Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m.
 
     Friday’s carryover is the result of no one coming up with a perfect Pick Six ticket over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend.  Handicappers that had five of the six winners on Veteran’s Day received a consolation payoff of $652.80.
 

10 Talented Sprinters Entered In Oakland Stakes

     Ten hard-hitting sprinters, including multiple stakes-winners Gallant Son and Ain’t No Other, are signed up for the $50,000-added Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     The Oakland, a six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up, will be run Saturday and is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the Oakland is 3:45 p.m.