Racing News

Eight To Meet In 100th Running Of California Derby

     Eight 3-year-olds, including the first four finishers in the Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 6, are set to match strides in the 100th running of the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     Originally run at the Oakland Trotting Park in 1873, the California Derby predates the Kentucky Derby, which was first run in 1875.  
 

54-Year-Old Birthday Girl/Apprentice Rides First Race

Carolyn Mendes not only celebrated her 54th birthday Sunday, she rode her first race as an apprentice jockey.   
 
     Mendes finished last aboard 10-1 Mount Zion in the 5 1/2-furlong eighth race at Golden Gate Fields but got the thrill of a lifetime.  Mount Zion broke alertly under his rookie pilot and raced in fourth for the first half of the race before fading down the stretch.  
 

Look Quickly Edges Fast And Foxy In Sprint Feature

     Look Quickly earned her sixth victory in nine tries when she ran down the speedy Fast and Foxy in the final strides to capture the $42,702 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     The heavy 2-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, Look Quickly needed the length of the stretch to get her head in front of Fast and Foxy and jockey Abel Cedillo.  The winning margin was a neck and Look Quickly covered six furlongs in 1:09.93.  Tabled With Gold, ridden by David Lopez, finished third. 

Horsewoman To Celebrate 54th Birthday Sunday By Riding Her First Race At Golden Gate Fields

     Carolyn Mendes, an experienced horsewoman, will cross an item off her bucket list Sunday when she celebrates her 54th birthday by riding in a race at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Mendes will ride 15-1 longshot Mount Zion, a 6-year-old horse she bred, in the eighth race for trainer Rhoda March.  Mendes has owned and operated a training center in Lemoore for more than two decades and has done work for March, who maintains a racing stable at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, since 1996.

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

     Niassa improved to 2-for-2 at Golden Gate Fields and 3-for-5 lifetime when she trounced three rivals in the $31,806 allowance feature Thursday.
 
     The 3-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, Niassa spurted away from fellow pacesetter Buttercup Gold on the far turn and then poured it on down the stretch to win the one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies by nine lengths.  
 

PROMISING FILLIES TO MEET AT A MILE THURSDAY

     Five 3-year-old fillies, including three with stakes experience, will match strides over a mile Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in the $27,000 allowance feature. 
 
     Niassa, who finished third in the $200,250 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 7, is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the headliner, which is the third race on a seven-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. 
 

Outside Nashville Is Prompt Favorite In Sprint Feature

     Outside Nashville followed up his very impressive win in the Oakland Stakes on Nov. 15 with a workmanlike victory in the $33,528 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     On the strength on his Oakland win, which earned him a lofty Beyer Speed figure of 104, Outside Nashville was made a 3-5 favorite over three rivals in Sunday’s six-furlong allowance race for older horses.  The 5-year-old gelding didn’t disappoint.
 

Apprentice Sullivan Has ‘Natural’ Riding Hat Trick

     Apprentice jockey Carson Sullivan recorded a “natural” riding hat trick Saturday at Golden Gate Fields
 
     Sullivan, a 30-year-old rider who is off to fine start at the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting, swept races two through four while recording the first riding triple of his career. 
 

Wright Barn Off To Great Start At Winter/Spring Meet

     Continuing his sizzling start at the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting, trainer Blaine Wright sent out two more winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Wright has started 10 horses at the six-day old meeting and six of them have reported home in front.  Wright even saddled the exacta in one heat when his 4-year-old filly Alert in Class defeated his 3-year-old filly Lexie Arleen in the fourth race on New Year’s Eve.
 

Golden Gate Fields-Based Baze Led The Nation In Victories In 2014

Golden Gate Fields-based Russell Baze led the nation’s jockeys in victories in 2014 by riding 324 winners. 
 
    Baze, the winningest jockey in the world with 12,444 career victories, has topped the national standings in races won a record 13 times.  Pat Day, the retired Hall of Famer who led the nation in victories six times, ranks second to Baze in national titles for races won.