Racing News

Final Week Of Summer Meeting Begins Thursday

     The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields’ summer meeting gets started Thursday with a seven-race program.  Post time Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (closing day) is 1:45 p.m.
 
     The feature race on Thursday’s card is the second race, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares that attracted stakes-winners Luscious Lonna and Sing and Tell.  
 

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Extant Improves To 2-For-2 At Golden Gate Fields

The promising colt Extant, who came from off the pace to win his debut, proved he can also win in front-running fashion Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Extant rallied from fourth to win a 5 1/2-furlong maiden allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths on Aug. 17.  In Sunday’s 5 1/2-furlong allowance dash, Extant broke on top and never looked back, pouring it on down the stretch to win by 10 lengths. 
 

Jockey Pena Gets Long-Awaiting First Win

Jockey Brayan Pena, a 24-year-old native of Guatemala, got his long-awaited first victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he urged My Game to a neck decision over Mojave Heat in the second race. 
 
     Pena’s initial win came six years after he rode his first race at Calder Race Course in Florida on Sept. 1, 2008.  Pena finished second that day and would ride in only seven more races in 2008.  Pena competed in just seven races in 2009 and didn’t ride any races from 2010 to 2012.

Baze Goes 5-For-6 At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields presented a rare Wednesday racing card and nobody enjoyed the midweek program more than Hall of Famer Russell Baze, who went 5-for-6.
 
     Golden Gate Fields raced Wednesday since it was closing day at Del Mar and the California tracks line up their schedules for simulcast purposes.  Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Friday when, in the Southland, Los Alamitos opens its 11-day fall meeting.
 

Pepper Crown Prevails By Head In Rolling Green

Pepper Crown, who scored a 46-1 shocker in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on April 26, posted a 10-1 upset in the $63,170 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
 
Ridden by Abel Cedillo, who was also aboard for the SF Mile victory, Pepper Crown came from just off the pace to win the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up by head over the hard-charging Salah Champ.  
 

Black Spirit 3-1 Favorite In Rolling Green Stakes

Black Spirit, perfect in three starts on the turf course at Golden Gate Fields, is the 3-1 morning line favorite in Monday’s $50,000-added Rolling Green Stakes. 
 
The Rolling Green, a 1 1/16-mile grass race for 3-year-olds and up, is the eighth event on a nine-race Labor Day program that begins at 1:45 p.m.  The Rolling Green will be run at approximately 5:15 p.m.
 

Rathmoon Upsets Look Quickly In Sprint Feature

    The 4-year-old filly Rathmoon handed Look Quickly her first loss when she outran the even-money favorite down the stretch for a one-length victory in the $37,205 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday evening.
 
    Rathmoon, a 10-1 outsider ridden by Pedro Terrero, stalked Look Quickly from the start and edged clear of the even-money favorite in the final sixteenth of a mile to earn her fourth victory in eight career starts.
 

Matos Saddles Back-To-Back Winners

     Veteran trainer Gil Matos saddled back-to-back winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Matos, who was 0-for-3 through the first six days of the summer meeting, got on the scoreboard in the second race when his 5-year-old horse Deep Reflection ($8.60) rambled to a five-length victory under jockey Silvio Amador.
 

Labor Day Card Will Cap Five-Day Racing Week At Golden Gate Fields

     A five-day racing week at Golden Gate Fields begins Thursday and continues through Monday, Labor Day.  Post time is 1:45 p.m. with the exception of Friday, when first post is 3:45 p.m.
     The $50,000-added Rolling Green Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, is the main event of the week and will be contested on Labor Day.  Entries for the Rolling Green will be taken Friday morning.