Racing News

10-Year-Old Cost Of Freedom Achieves Millionaire Status With Victory

The 10-year-old gelding Cost of Freedom became a millionaire Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he captured the first race, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for $10,000 claimers.
 
     Cost of Freedom led from start to finish and crossed the wire 3 1/4 lengths in front of even-money favorite Worldly Lad in 1:03.70.  The victory in the $13,000 race was worth $7,800 and boosted Cost of Freedom’s career earnings to $1,007,509.
 

1:15 p.m. Post Time For Remainder Of Summer Meeting

     Golden Gate Fields, which had been starting its Friday cards at 3:45 p.m., will have a 1:15 p.m. post time this Friday and through the remainder of the summer meeting.
   
     The final six days of racing at the summer session will be held this Friday through Sunday and the following Friday through Sunday (Sept. 13-15).  Both of the Sunday programs are Dollar Days, with Golden Gate Fields offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.

Positive Response Gets Positive Result In Rolling Green Stakes

     Positive Response, enjoying a perfect trip under jockey Russell Baze, posted a one-length victory in the $53,600 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday. 
 
    Positive Response raced right outside of pacesetter Hudson Landing, who was allowed to gallop through slow fractions of :50.00 for the opening-half mile and 1:14.40 for the first three-quarters of a mile in the 1 1/16-mile turf race. 
 

Hudson Landing 2-1 Favorite In Rolling Green Stakes

Hudson Landing, a winner of three stakes in 2012, is favored to collect his first stakes win of 2013 in the $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
 
     The Rolling Green, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, is the main event on a special Labor Day racing card.   Post time is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the nine-race holiday program will enjoy great bargains – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.
 

Baze Ends Mini Slump With Triple; Sanchez Injured In Spill

     Jockey Russell Baze, who failed to reach the winner’s circle Thursday and Friday while riding nine horses, broke out of his mini slump Saturday by riding three winners at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
     Baze swept the opening Daily Double, winning the first race with C C’s Diamond ($6.80) and the second with Avare ($4.80).  Baze completed his hat trick in the fifth race when he scored with Star Student ($7.80).
 

Apprentice Gonzalez Wins Three Races

     Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez, who had a riding double last week, recorded his first riding hat trick Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     A promising 18-year-old graduate of the Frank Garza Jockey School, Gonzalez won with his first three mounts before losing his perfect game in the seventh and final race when he was unseated at the start by his stumbling mount Pelito.  Gonzalez was uninjured and quickly back on his feet while Pelito chased the field around the turf course.
 

Hernandez Tied Atop Standings After Riding Triple

     Juan Hernandez moved into a tie with Russell Baze for the top spot in the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings by riding three winners Thursday.
 
     Hernandez had four mounts on the seven-race card and won with Silver Terrace ($15.20) in the first race, Mahogany Ridge ($7.40) in the third, and Zoe’s Baba ($8.80) in the sixth.  Hernandez’ other mount was Higher Mountains, who finished second in the fourth race.
 

Extended Racing Week Begins With $31,844 Carryover In Pick 5

     A carryover of $31,844 in the 50-cent Pick 5 will be the focus of handicappers Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when the track begins a five-day racing week that will culminate with a special Labor Day card Monday. 
 

Feature Race Win Completes Hat Trick For Terrero

Jockey Pedro Terrero completed a riding hat trick when he guided 12-1 longshot Kitty Marie to a front-running victory in the $35,057 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     Kitty Marie broke from post position one and was sent straight to the lead by Terrero.  Sporting blinkers for the first time, Kitty Marie set the pace comfortably and then spurted away from her rivals at the top of the stretch.
 

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.