Racing News

Toruk Makto Posts 16-1 Upset In Golden Gate Fields Feature

Toruk Makto, in his second race following a layoff of more than 19 months, stormed down the middle of the stretch to score a 16-1 upset in the $33,945 feature race at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     Toruk Makto broke from the outside post in a field of 10 and was forced to race wide throughout the 1 1/16-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up.  Covering the extra real estate didn’t bother Toruk Makto as he had the best kick down the lane and prevailed by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Pedro Terrero. 

Stand And Salute Holds Off Broughton Kitten In Gold Rush Stakes

     Stand and Salute took the lead from front-running Rye Patch at the sixteenth pole and then just held off hard-charging Broughton Kitten to win the $75,210 Gold Rush Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     Stand and Salute is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the Gold Rush for the fourth straight year.  Hollendorfer captured the one-mile feature for 2-year-olds with Russian Greek in 2011, Zeewat in 2012, and Exit Stage Left in 2013.
 

Golden Gate Fields Honors Kentucky Derby-Winning Trainer Sherman Saturday

Art Sherman, trainer of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, will be honored Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and a limited number of California Chrome posters will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

Gonzalez Has Riding Triple At Golden Gate Fields

     Ricardo Gonzalez, the second-leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, kicked off this week’s action at the East Bay racetrack by riding three winners.
 
     Gonzalez took the opener with Wild Delilah ($7.00), the third race with Daugava ($3.40), and the sixth with Giant Journey ($3.20). 
 

Kentucky Derby Winner Sherman To Be Honored Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

Art Sherman, trainer of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, will be honored Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and a limited number of California Chrome posters will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.
 

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.