Racing News

Pepper Crown Surprises Again In Stakes At Golden Gate Fields

     Pepper Crown, the Rodney Dangerfield of Northern California horse racing, won another major stakes at Golden Gate Fields Sunday after getting little respect at the betting windows.
     A whopping 46-1 when he won the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile in May and a generous 10-1 when he captured the Rolling Green Stakes in September, Pepper Crown paid $33.40 Sunday after winning the Grade 3 $100,315 Berkeley Handicap at odds of 15-1.

Favored Filly Seduire Romps In Golden Gate Debutante

Seduire, the heavy 3-5 favorite, made her short odds look like an early Christmas gift when she rambled to a 5 1/2-length victory in the $51,150 Golden Gate Debutante at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Seduire took command at the start and was never challenged in the six-furlong stakes for 
2-year-old fillies.  Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez, 

Seduire Is Even-Money Choice In Golden Gate Debutante

The speedy filly Seduire is an even-money favorite on the morning line to capture the $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     The Golden Gate Debutante is the featured fifth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.   A six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies, the Debutante will be run at approximately 2:46 p.m.

Terrero Tallies With Favorite And Longshot On Thanksgiving Day

     Fans of jockey Pedro Terrero enjoyed a winning Thanksgiving Day at Golden Gate Fields as their rider scored with two of his three mounts on Thursday’s holiday card.
     Favorite backers got the money in the first race when Terrero guided 9-5 choice Justalittleloopy ($5.80) to a 1 3/4-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong dash for fillies and mares.  The Steve Sherman-trained Justalittleloopy came from a couple lengths off the pace to record her second straight victory.

Stakes Double-Header On Holiday Weekend Menu At Golden Gate Fields

The $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante and Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap will be featured this weekend at Golden Gate Fields.
    The holiday racing week gets started Thursday with a special Thanksgiving Day card that begins at 11:15 a.m.  The early post time allows for the eight-race program to be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to get home for the Thanksgiving feast and the big NFL game between the 49ers and Seahawks.


Online voting is now open for the fifth annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award.  Created by Secretariat's owner Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.  
Six nominees were selected by the Vox Populi Committee, and voters again have the option to write-in a racehorse of their choice. 

Mawing Among Finalists For George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

Santa Anita Park has announced five finalists for the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and Leslie Mawing, who is currently riding at Golden Gate Fields, is among the candidates for the prestigious award. 
     The winner will be announced on HRTV in February following a vote of jockeys nationwide.

Third Is Best Baze And Hollendorfer Can Do In Louisiana

     A third-place finish with Majestic Presence in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes was the best jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer could muster at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana, Saturday.

Baze, Hollendorfer Seek To Hit Jackpot Saturday In Louisiana

Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the kings of Northern California horse racing, take their act on the road Saturday in hopes of hitting the jackpot in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot at Delta Downs in Vinton, Louisiana.
     Baze and Hollendorfer will team up with the undefeated colt Prime Engine (2-for-2) in the Delta Jackpot, a 1 1/16-mile test for 2-year-olds that attracted an overflow field of 12 entrants.

Martin Barn Continues To Sizzle At Golden Gate Fields

Trainer John F. Martin continues to win races at a remarkable rate at Golden Gate Fields’ fall meeting.
     Martin entered Thursday’s program with a winning percentage of 43.7 and finished the afternoon with a success rate of 45.7 after scoring with two of his three starters.