Racing News

Specht And Alvarado Take Road Trip To Santa Anita For Sunshine Millions California Cup Day

Steve Specht and Frank Alvarado, a potent trainer-jockey combination in Northern California for many years, take their act on the road Saturday to compete in the Sunshine Millions California Cup Day program at Santa Anita. 
 
     Alvarado will ride the following Specht-trained runners: Marks Mine (9-2 on the morning line) in the $125,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint; Alasharchy (6-1) in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks; and Unusual Meeting (20-1) in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic.

Summer Hit Heads Bay Area Contingent Set To Compete In California Cup At Santa Anita

     Summer Hit, winner of the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap and Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, heads the Bay Area contingent of horses competing in the Sunshine Millions California Cup Day program at Santa Anita Saturday.
 
     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast all the action from Santa Anita, where first post is noon.  Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card of its own and post time is 
12:45 p.m.
 

Red Outlaw Ships In For Win

     Red Outlaw shipped into Golden Gate Fields from Santa Anita and enjoyed a successful road trip, winning the $38,220 feature race on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 
 
     Red Outlaw, trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Russell Baze scored a front-running victory in the six-furlong allowance race for 3-year-olds, defeating Preacher Roe by 2 1/4 lengths.  Pheisty Kid finished third.
 

Champion 2-Year-Olds Of 2013 Made Debuts In Bay Area

     She’s a Tiger and Shared Belief, who won Eclipse Awards Saturday night as the nation’s top 2-year-olds of 2013, both made their career debuts in Northern California.
 
     She’s a Tiger, trained by Pleasanton native Jeff Bonde, made a spectacular first impression at the Alameda County Fair on June 22 when she rambled to a nine-length victory in a five-furlong maiden allowance race.  
 

Exit Stage Left Exits California Derby With Third Stakes Win

     Exit Stage Left won a duel for the lead over Harbaugh and a duel down the stretch over Enterprising and Infosec to claim victory in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     Exit Stage Left, ridden by Russell Baze and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, remained undefeated when he gamely fought off 9-5 favorite Enterprising to win the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds by a half-length in a good time of 1:44.07.  Infosec finished third.
 

Exit Stage Left Hopes To Remain Perfect In California Derby

Exit Stage Left, who entered and exited the winner’s circle after both of his starts as a 2-year-old, will seek his third stakes victory Saturday when he makes his   3-year-old debut in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     The California Derby is a 1 1/16-mile race that serves as a steppingstone to Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, which will be run Feb. 15.
 

Charlie Company Repeats For Morey

Charlie Company took a successful step up in class Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he rallied inside of his rivals to post a two-length victory in the $23,105 sprint feature. 
 
     Victorious while sporting a claiming tag of $16,000 in his previous start on Dec. 12, Charlie Company won Thursday’s six-furlong race for $25,000 claimers when he ran down pacesetter Bwana Be Gone in the final furlong. 
 

Colt Named Harbaugh Among Eight Entered In $100,000 California Derby

     Entries for Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields were taken Wednesday morning and among the eight entrants is a colt named Harbaugh.
 
     Harbaugh is a Kentucky-bred son of Brother Derek and his original owners, Rustin and Juliana Kretz (Kretz Racing LLC), are big time 49ers fans and named the horse in honor of head coach Jim Harbaugh.
 

Curvy Cat Runs Down Luscious Lonna

     Curvy Cat ran down the speedy Luscious Lonna in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $43,400 Somethinaboutlaura allowance feature Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Curvy Cat took the one-mile test for fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:38.46.  Luscious Lonna was clearly second best as she finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of Magic Union, the 9-5 favorite. 
 

Favored McBoomer Wins Mile Feature; Jockey Terrero Back In Winner’s Circle

     McBoomer, the even-money favorite ridden by Russell Baze, rode the rail to victory in the $33,375 allowance feature Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     McBoomer raced along the inside part of the track throughout the one-mile test for fillies and mares and found racing room at the top of the stretch when pacesetter Silver Mojave came one path off the rail.