Racing News

SMOKEY IMAGE TO MAKE NEXT START IN I’M SMOKIN FOLLOWING THURSDAY WORK AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

ALBANY, CALIF. – Smokey Image, an unbeaten juvenile from the barn of Greg James, worked four furlongs in :48 2/5 seconds under assistant trainer and exercise rider Mary Panian this morning at Golden Gate Fields.
 

MYSTERY STRIKE TAKES STEP FORWARD WITH SUNDAY ALLOWANCE WIN

ALBANY, CALIF. – Well-bred 3-year-old Mystery Strike improved her record to 2-for-2 with a 1 ¾-length victory in a $29,250 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares on Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
Favored off an impressive debut win on July 18 at Sacramento, Mystery Strike raced in fifth along the backstretch, came under hand urging nearing the five-sixteenths pole, claimed the lead in midstretch, and leveled off nicely under Hall of Famer Russell Baze to win the Sunday feature. 
 

FORMER TRAINER BORG, 85, PASSES AWAY FOLLOWING LONG ILLNESS

ALBANY, CALIF. – Joe Borg, Jr., who had competed in Northern California and Arizona as a trainer, died August 8 following a lengthy illness. He was 85.
 
Born in San Francisco, Borg worked as a butcher before taking out his trainer’s license during the 1950s. He trained thoroughbreds, appaloosas, and quarter horses. His notable horses included the quarter horse Blueberry Policy and the appaloosa Miss Jenny Lynn. 
 

HOLDTHISMISS BEATS ELDERS IN SATURDAY FEATURE AT GOLDEN GATE

ALBANY, CALIF. – Lightly raced Holdthismiss patiently waited behind horses before surging to the front in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Golden Gate’s Saturday feature, a $35,415 entry-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up. 
 
Just one of two sophomores entered in the six-furlong race, Holdthismiss raced in sixth early, shifted out at the top of the stretch, and ran down New Karma in the final strides to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths under jockey Juan Hernandez. The final time was 1:10.48. 
 

FREY POSTS RIDING TRIPLE ON GOLDEN GATE OPENING DAY

ALBANY, CALIF. – Jockey Kyle Frey swept the early double and added a win in race 6 to register a triple on opening day at Golden Gate Fields.
 
Frey, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Apprentice, partnered with trainer Eric Kruljac and owner Kings River Ranch to take the opener with Good Stats ($5.20) and race 2 with Pick by the Box ($8.60). In race 6, he guided Kings Adventure ($6.00) to victory for trainer Sal Naranjo and owner Jesus Franco.
 

BLUE-BLOODED MYSTERY STRIKE FACING WINNERS IN SUNDAY FEATURE

ALBANY, CALIF. – Mystery Strike, a 3-year-old filly from the family of A.P. Indy, will face winners for the first time in the Sunday feature at Golden Gate Fields.
 
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for LNJ Foxwoods, Mystery Strike was tabbed as the 2-1 morning-line favorite for race 8, a $27,000 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track.
 
In her lone start, Mystery Strike registered an easy 2 ¾-length win on July 18 at Sacramento.

WATCH AND WAGER ON PACIFIC CLASSIC, ALABAMA ON SATURDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

ALBANY, CALIF. – In addition to nine live races, Golden Gate Fields on Saturday will offer simulcasting wagering on the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar and Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga Race Course and other races throughout the country.
 

OPENING DAY INCLUDES COMPETITIVE FIELDS, 3:45 P.M. FIRST POST

ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields will offer eight competitive races Friday, opening day for the 19-day Summer Meet.
 
Sixty-eight horses are entered on Friday’s card for an average field size of 8.5 horses before scratches. Three races will be contested over the Lakeside turf course. 
 

RUSSELL BAZE TO REPRESENT UNITED STATES IN INTERNATIONAL JOCKEY COMPETITION IN JAPAN

ALBANY, CALIF. – Russell Baze, the perennial leading rider at Golden Gate Fields, will represent the United States in the World All-Star Jockeys competition Aug. 29-30 at Sapporo Racecourse in Japan.
 
The World All-Star Jockeys, an event conducted by the Japan Racing Association, also will include riders from the United Kingdom, France, Australia, and Hong Kong. The five international riders will compete in four races against nine riders from Japan. 
 

GOLDEN GATE TO BEGIN 19-DAY SUMMER MEET ON FRIDAY

ALBANY, CALIF. – Live racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields on Friday, Aug. 21, the start of the 19-day Summer Meet.
 
The Summer Meet will be divided into two parts. The first half of the meet will conclude on Labor Day, Monday, Sept 7. Racing will continue on Sept. 24 with Oct. 4 serving as closing day.