Racing News

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. 
 

Exit Stage Left Tops Roster Of California Derby Nominees

The undefeated colt Exit Stage Left, winner of the Golden Nugget Stakes and Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, headlines the list of nominees for the $100,000 California Derby. 
 
     Twenty-two newly turned 3-year-olds are nominated to the California Derby, which will be run Saturday, Jan. 18, at Golden Gate Fields.  A 1 1/16-mile race, the California Derby is a steppingstone to the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 15.
 

Victory Drought Ends For Floating Feather

Winless in 12 races in 2013, Floating Feather made his first start of 2014 Thursday at Golden Gate Fields and earned a hard-fought victory in the $38,565 sprint feature.
 
     Floating Feather, responding to steady left-handed urging from jockey Russell Baze, outran his five rivals down the lane to win the six-furlong allowance race for older horses by 1 1/4 lengths. 
 

California Derby Nominations Due Thursday

     Nominations for the $100,000 California Derby, which will be run Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, are due Thursday.
 
     Horsemen have until midnight to make their 3-year-olds eligible for the 1 1/16-mile California Derby, which serves as a prep for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.  An official Kentucky Derby prep, the 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby will be run Feb. 15 at Golden Gate Fields.
 

King Kelly Posts Upset In Turf Feature

     King Kelly rallied between horses in the stretch and got up to win the $43,820 turf feature by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Receiving a fine ride from veteran jockey Isaias Enriquez, King Kelly edged Pepnic and jockey Alejandro Gomez for the victory while completing a mile on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:37.36.  Dreamy Kid, ridden by Juan Hernandez, finished third, a neck behind Pepnic.
 

Services To Be Held Friday For Former Trainer Eldwin ‘Tex’ Burch

     A memorial service for former trainer Eldwin "Tex" Burch will be held in Fresno on Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Light (1620 W. Belmont, Fresno, CA, 93728).  
 
     Mr. Burch, 78, died at his home in Fresno, with family and friends at his side, on