Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Cancels Bottomless Saturdays Promotion

     Golden Gate Fields, in acknowledgement of the concerns of some of its employees and some members of the community, has cancelled the Bottomless Saturdays promotion.  We thank everyone for their input and interest in Golden Gate Fields.  We'll see you at the races!

$149,941 Carryover In Pick 5 Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

     The 50-cent Pick 5 at Golden Gate Fields eluded handicappers Saturday and Sunday, meaning there will be a very attractive carryover of $149,941 in the Pick 5 when racing resumes Thursday at the East Bay racetrack.

Sizzling Ordonez Saddles Another Winner At Golden Gate Fields

     When trainer Aggie Ordonez saddles a horse, handicappers at Golden Gate Fields would be wise to take notice.

     Ordonez has won with six of her last 10 starters, the most recent winner being Mary’s App, who captured the sixth race Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.  Mary’s App paid $8.40 after taking the one-mile race for $6,250 claimers by 2 1/4 lengths under jockey William Antongeorgi III.

Baze Rebounds With Riding Triple; Hernandez Bruised In Fall

     Jockey Russell Baze, who got off to a slow start this week, caught fire Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and rode three winners.

     Baze, 0-for-4 Thursday and 1-for-5 Friday, won the first race Saturday aboard even-money favorite Heroically ($4.20).  Baze ended the program 3-for-7 as he also won the third race with 4-1 Dunbar ($10.20) and the sixth race with 7-5 favorite Malibu Run ($4.80).

Let Faith Arise Atones To Backers

     Let Faith Arise, who disappointed her backers by running third as a prohibitive 4-5 favorite in her previous start, made up for it Friday when she posted an impressive victory at the same short price in the six-furlong allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Let Faith Arise made her $3.80 win mutuel look like a gift when she stormed to the lead in midstretch and scored by a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths under jockey Russell Baze.   Power of Ten finished second and Tribal Dress was third.

Hernandez Has Riding Hat Trick; Jauregui, Morey Saddle Pair Of Winners

     Jockey Juan Hernandez won three races and trainers O. J. Jauregui and William E. Morey both saddled a pair of winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Hernandez and Jauregui teamed up to win the first race – the first race of the season for 2-year-old fillies – with Frisco Fog ($4.00), the even-money favorite who left her rivals in a fog.   Frisco Fog broke on top was never challenged while winning the two-furlong dash by 2 1/4 lengths in 21.39 seconds.

Dual Carryovers Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

     The racing week at Golden Gate Fields begins Thursday with carryovers in both the Pick 5 and Pick 6.

     The 50-cent Pick 5, which challenges handicappers to pick the winners of the last five races on the program, has a carryover of $35,888.  There is a carryover of $26,583 in the Pick Six, a $2 wager in which bettors try to pick the winners of the last six races on the card.

Luscious Lonna Wires Rivals In Golden Poppy Stakes

     Luscious Lonna, claimed for $6,250 in 2011, posted a wire-to-wire upset victory in the $61,350 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Making her stakes debut in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, Luscious Lonna defeated 10 rivals, including Grade 2 stakes-winners Halo Dolly and Vamo a Galupiar. 

Halo Dolly Is 8-5 Choice In Golden Poppy

     The classy mare Halo Dolly, a graded stakes winner with $684,986 in earnings, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $50,000-added Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Golden Poppy is the featured sixth race on a nine-race Sunday program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  The first turf stakes of the winter/spring meeting, the Golden Poppy will be run at 3:20 p.m.

Longtime Bay Area Trainer Dennis Patterson Dies At 77

     Veteran Northern California trainer Dennis Patterson, a well respected horseman known for his old school approach to conditioning, died at his home in San Mateo Thursday night with his family at his side.  Mr. Patterson was 77.

     Mr. Patterson, who repeatedly battled back from bouts of pneumonia the past several years, died of natural causes, reported his son, Dennis Patterson, Jr., a successful jockey agent in the Bay Area.