Racing News

Malibu Rum Notches 11th Win; Hollendorfer Wins Test Stakes At Saratoga

The 6-year-old gelding Malibu Rum notched his 11th career victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he bested four rivals in the $33,046 sprint feature.
 
    Malibu Rum, ridden by Dennis Carr, pressed pacesetter Schilling from the start before commandeering the lead a furlong from the finish.  Malibu Rum held off Zehner’s Zenna to the wire to win the six-furlong allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:10.75.
 

Red Rachel Extends California Winning Streak

     Red Rachel kept her California racing record perfect with an impressive victory in the $29,906 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday evening.
 
     Since finishing second in her career debut in Arizona last year, Red Rachel has won three straight races while racing at three different tracks in the Golden State and on three different racing surfaces. 
 

Apprentice Gonzalez, Jockey Frey Post Back-To-Back Wins

     Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez and jockey Kyle Frey both scored back-to-back victories on Thursday’s seven-race program at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Gonzalez won the third race with Billie’s Bling, who defeated even-money favorite Ya Wanna Hug by a half-length in the 5 1/2-furlong dash for fillies and mares. 

Racing Week Begins With Carryover In Pick Six

     The second week of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields gets underway Thursday with a $7,670 carryover in the Pick Six.  Post time is 1:15 p.m.
 
     There are seven races Thursday and the Pick Six will be held on races two through seven.  Post time for the second race is 1:45 p.m.
 

El Gran Matador Completes Multi-Track Hat Trick In Front Of 11,291

     El Gran Matador completed a multi-track hat trick Sunday when he scored a decisive victory in the third race at Golden Gate Fields in front of an enthusiastic Fiesta Hispana Day crowd of 11,291.
 

Skyribbon Improves To 2-For-2 On Golden Gate Fields Turf

     Skyribbon likes grass.
 
     A 5-year-old gelding, Skyribbon first tried grass last spring at Golden Gate Fields and scored a wire-to-wire victory in a one-mile allowance.  Proving his turf debut was no fluke, Skyribbon posted a front-running win on the lawn Saturday in the $32,945 feature.
 
     Skyribbon was tenacious Saturday as he turned back a strong challenge from King Kelly to triumph by a half-length.  Administer finished third.

Trainer Monroe Sends Out Two Longshot Winners On Opening Day

Trainer Sherrie Monroe, who had two victories in all of 2012, won two races in a span of an hour Friday and provided some pari-mutuel fireworks on opening day of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields. 
 

Jockey Hernandez Enters Summer Meeting At Golden Gate Fields On A Roll

Golden Gate Fields opens its 2013 summer meeting Friday and nobody is heading into the 19-day season with more momentum than jockey Juan Hernandez.
 
     Hernandez not only edged Hall of Famer Russell Baze for the riding championship at the recent Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, he captured four of the six stakes races presented at the 13-day meeting in the wine country.
 

Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday, August 16

 
          Live thoroughbred racing returns to Golden Gate Fields Friday when the East Bay track opens its 2013 summer meeting, a 19-day affair that runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.
 
     Post time opening day – as well as Friday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 30 – is 3:45 p.m.  Post time all other days is 1:15 p.m. and the weekly breakdown of the racing schedule is as follows:
 

Champion Baze Has Riding Hat Trick On Closing Day

     Putting the finishing touches on another title-winning campaign, jockey Russell Baze rode three winners on Sunday’s closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Baze won 172 races during the 101-day winter/spring meeting to collect his 45th riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.  Dennis Carr finished second in the jockey standings with 105 victories and Juan Hernandez was third with 75.