Racing News

Longtime Bay Area Trainer William J. Morey, Jr. Passes At Age 74

Northern California trainer William J. Morey, Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall of Fame (class of 2014), died Friday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Los Altos after a long battle with cancer.  Mr. Morey was 74.
 
     A native of San Francisco, Mr. Morey grew up in San Carlos and attended the races at Bay Meadows with his father.  As a teenager, Mr. Morey got a job as a hot walker at the now defunct San Mateo racetrack. 
 

Exciting Colt Kentuckian To Make Second Start Sunday At Santa Anita

The exciting colt Kentuckian, who made a dazzling debut at Golden Gate Fields on March 7, will make his highly-anticipated second start Sunday at Santa Anita in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes. 
 
     Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian couldn’t have been more impressive in his first outing as he took command early and romped home by 11 lengths under jockey Russell Baze.  Kentuckian won the six-furlong maiden allowance dash on Tapeta in 1:08.96, completing the final quarter of a mile in 23.31 seconds.

Baze Texas-Bound For Season Opener At Lone Star Park

     Russell Baze, the leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, will be in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday for opening night of the spring-summer meeting at Lone Star Park.  
 
     Baze will ride horses for owner-trainer Henry Dominguez at Lone Star.  Baze has the call on He’s a Bling in the first race, the $50,000 Premiere Stakes, and Popalicious in the second race, an allowance-optional claiming event with a $24,000 pot.
 

Pepper Crown Edges G. G. Ryder In Prep For SF Mile

     Pepper Crown, who won three stakes – two of the Grade 3 variety – at Golden Gate Fields in 2014, earned his first victory of 2015 when he outran nemesis G. G. Ryder down the stretch and took the $41,118 Easter Sunday feature by a neck.
 
     The one-mile allowance race was a prep for the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on April 25 and was scheduled to be run on the turf, however, morning rains prompted officials to move the feature to the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. 
 

Lucarelli Racing Stable Wins Three Races At Golden Gate Fields

The Frank Lucarelli racing stable won three races at Golden Gate Fields Saturday, a day in which multiple wins was the theme of the nine-race program. 
 
     While Lucarelli had a training hat trick, jockeys Pedro Terrero, Russell Baze and Dennis Carr all won a pair of races, and Tim McCanna had a training double. 
 

Eagle Screams Very Game In Feature Race Win

Eagle Screams gamely fought back after losing the lead to Star Student in deep stretch and pulled out a nose victory in the $35,891 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
 
     Eagle Screams, ridden by Catalino Martinez, pressured pacesetter Downtown C. T. from the start and grabbed the lead at top of stretch.  Eagle Screams was immediately attacked by stretch-running Star Student, who eventually got his neck in front a sixteenth of a mile from the finish.
  

Runfasterelse Flies Home To Win Turf Feature By Nose

Runfasterelse, receiving a well-timed ride by jockey Carson Sullivan, flew down the middle of the course in the final furlong to win the $22,820 turf feature by a nose Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Runfasterelse passed seven rivals in the final eighth of a mile to win the one-mile race for $20,000-$18,000 claimers in a very tight photo finish over 20-1 Dublin Dancer, who split horses in deep stretch to gain the lead but was nailed on the wire.  
 

Marino’s Wild Cat Completes Hat Trick Impressively

The razor-sharp Marino’s Wild Cat extended his winning streak to three races Sunday when he fought off the classy Summer Hit from start to finish in the $42,702 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
 

Hernandez Follows Up Riding Double With Hat Trick

     Jockey Juan Hernandez followed up his riding double on Friday with a riding hat trick Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     After winning with his final two mounts Friday, Hernandez scored with his first two rides Saturday, taking the first race with Tempetuous ($4.60) and the third with Tempest Rising ($15.00).  Hernandez completed his triple with a victory aboard Warren’s Joe T. ($4.80) in the sixth race.
 

Golden Gate Fields Will Simulcast Two Major Kentucky Derby Preps Saturday

     The $1 million Florida Derby and the $750,000 Louisiana Derby, two important Kentucky Derby preps, will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
 
     Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card and post time is 12:45 p.m.  The local program features a $156,334 carryover in the Golden Pick 6.  A 20-cent bet that can return huge dividends, the Golden Pick 6 will be held on races four through nine.