Racing News

Unusual Way Dominates In $100,000 Campanile Stakes

     Unusual Way, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, posted an impressive front-running victory in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Making her turf debut, Unusual Way won the one-mile race for California-bred
3-year-old fillies by 2 1/4 lengths over stretch-running Qiaona in 1:36.81.  Life Is a Stone finished third.
 

Baze Goes Back-To-Back Friday; Rides Favorite In $100,000 Stakes Saturday

     Jockey Russell Baze, who will ride 7-5 morning line favorite Unusual Way in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, kicked off his weekend by riding a pair of winners Friday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze scored his victories in back-to-back races, taking the fifth with New Centurion ($4.60) and the sixth with Romance Is Sosa ($4.00).

California Fillies Featured In $100,000 Campanile

     Seven 3-year-old fillies, bred or sired in the Golden State, will match strides over a mile on the turf Saturday in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Summer Hit Wins All American Stakes To Complete Coast-To-Coast Stakes Double For Hollendorfer

     Summer Hit completed a East Coast-West Coast graded stakes double for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer when he led from start to finish in the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

     Sixty-five minutes before the All American, Hollendorfer earned one of the biggest wins in his Hall of Fame career when Sahara Sky captured the Grade 1 $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in New York.

Summer Hit Slight Favorite In All American Stakes

     The up and coming 4-year-old gelding Summer Hit and the classy 8-year-old gelding Tres Borrachos are the top two choices on the morning line in Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Summer Hit is the 9-5 favorite and Tres Borrachos the 2-1 second choice in the
Grade 3 All American, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.  The All American is the seventh race on a nine-race Memorial Day program and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Slim Pickins Rallies To Win Turf Feature

     Slim Pickins, a 5-year-old son of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course to win the $31,486 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Slim Pickins ran down Sandor, who took advantage of clear sailing along the inside to take command at the top of the stretch, in the final strides to score by a half-length.  Sandor took second by a nose over stretch-running Ezio.

Well-Traveled Tres Borrachos Among Eight In All American Stakes

     Tres Borrachos, an 8-year-old gelding who has competed at 12 different racetracks and in seven states, will bring his road show to Golden Gate Fields Monday for the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes.

     The feature event on a special Memorial Day racing program, the All American will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.   The holiday card begins at 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the races will receive a free lawn chair.

Summer Hit Has Final Work For Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes

     Summer Hit, runner-up in the San Francisco Mile, completed his preparations for Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes by working a half-mile in :49 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields.

     The All American, a Grade 3 test for 3-year-olds and up, will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface and is the main event on a special Memorial Day racing program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the holiday card will receive a free lawn chair.

$100,000 All American Stakes On Memorial Day Will Cap Five-Day Racing Week

     Five consecutive days of horse racing, culminating with the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on Memorial Day Monday, gets underway Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Post time Thursday through Monday is 12:45 p.m.  A Dollar Day card on Sunday – general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas cost just a buck each – and a lawn chair giveaway on Monday highlight the extended racing week.

Baze Follows Saturday Hat Trick With Sunday Four-Bagger

     Jockey Russell Baze, North America’s all-time victory leader with 11,945 career wins, followed up his riding hat trick on Saturday with a four-bagger Sunday at Golden Gate Fields

     Baze scored Sunday with Igotnosixes ($4.20) in the fourth race, Preacher’s Brat ($7.80) in the fifth, Humorous ($5.80) in the seventh and Tricky Shane ($6.00) in the eighth.  Igotnosixes and Tricky Shane are both trained by Armando Lage.