Racing News

Longtime California Trainer Retherford Passes At Age 82

     N. J. “Skip” Retherford, who trained thoroughbred racehorses in California from 1968 to 1993, died Friday after a three-year battle with cancer. 

     Mr. Retherford, 82, passed at the Castro Valley home of his daughter, Kathy Gatterer, and son-in-law, Bill Gatterer.  The couple cared for Mr. Retherford at their home throughout his bout with cancer.

Baze Records Another Multiple Win Day At Golden Gate Fields

     Three days off didn’t break Russell Baze’s momentum as the Hall of Fame jockey won two races Thursday when Golden Gate Fields kicked off a new racing week.

     The riding double extended Baze’s streak of consecutive multiple-victory days to four.  Baze won four races last Friday and then recorded back-to-back riding triples on Saturday and Sunday.

Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer McGaughey To Guest On ‘At The Track’ Sunday

     Shug McGaughey, the Hall of Fame trainer who captured the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby with Orb, will be the featured guest on the horse racing radio show “At The Track” this Sunday.

     Hosted by Sam Spear, “At The Track” airs from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Sunday on KNBR (680 AM).

Baze Caps Big Weekend With Riding Triple

     Leading jockey Russell Baze capped off a very successful weekend at Golden Gate Fields by riding three winners Sunday.

     Baze, who began the racing week by getting blanked on Thursday, rebounded in a big way by riding four winners Friday, three winners Saturday, and three more Sunday.

     Baze recorded his Cinco de Mayo hat trick with victories aboard Zip the Bag ($6.80) in the second race, Heroically ($5.20) in the third, and Romance Is Sosa ($4.00) in the sixth.  

After Big Derby Day, Golden Gate Fields Kicks Off Spring Concert Series Sunday

     Golden Gate Fields, which attracted a crowd of 8,061 Saturday for a special program that featured the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby and 10 local races, will complete a big weekend Sunday with a Dollar Day Cinco de Mayo card.

     Post time for the nine-race program is 12:45 p.m. and general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs, and sodas are just $1 each.  Golden Gate Fields kicks off its Spring Concert Series Sunday with the hot new band Solsa taking the Grandstand Stage.

Golden Gate Fields Gates Open At 7:15 A.M. For Kentucky Derby Day Party

     All admission gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 7:15 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the entire Kentucky Derby Day racing card from Churchill Downs in Louisville, where first post is 7:30 a.m.

     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race card of its own and post time for the first local race is 11:45 a.m.

Moonshine Bay Wins Again For Hollendorfer

     Moonshine Bay recorded yet another victory for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer at Golden Gate Fields, winning Thursday’s $34,816 sprint feature by 2 1/4 lengths.  

     Moonshine Bay has made four starts at Golden Gate Fields since being purchased privately by Hollendorfer in January.  Moonshine Bay won three of those races and finished second in the Albany Stakes in his lone defeat for the ownership group of Hollendorfer, Marvin Kirsner, Al Morrison, and George Todaro.

Dual Carryovers Thursday At Golden Gate Fields; Oaks And Derby Simulcasts Friday And Saturday

     Carryovers in the Pick Six and Super High Five on Thursday, the simulcast of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday, the simulcast of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and a special Dollar Day Cinco de Mayo program on Sunday make for a big week of racing at Golden Gate Fields.

Special Summer Improves To 3-For-3 With Game Victory

     Special Summer dug in tenaciously down the stretch to hold off three rivals and win the $31,533 sprint feature by a neck Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Special Summer battled on the lead with Broken Sword throughout the six-furlong allowance race for 3-year-old fillies and turned back late challenges from Kitty Marie and an unlucky Power of Ten to improve her record to 3-for-3.

Tigah Rallies From Last To Win $100,000 San Francisco Mile

     British-bred Tigah rallied from last in a field of 10 to win the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile by a neck over pacesetter Summer Hit Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Tigah, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, surged by a very game Summer Hit and jockey Russell Baze in the final yards to earn his first stakes victory.  Gallant Son, ridden by Dennis Carr, finished third.