Racing News

O’Neill’s Greeley Awesome Extends Winning Streak

     Greeley Awesome, an invader from Southern California trained by Doug O’Neill, surged ahead of Rush In in the final strides to win the $30,244 allowance feature by a half-length Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

Friday Feature May Lead To El Camino Real Derby

     The featured seventh race at Golden Gate Fields Friday could produce a candidate or two for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Saturday, Feb. 16.

    The seventh race is a one-mile allowance contest for 3-year-olds.  The El Camino Real Derby is a 1 1/8-mile race and is Northern California’s official prep for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Baze Caps Memorable Weekend With Riding Triple

     Jockey Russell Baze capped a memorable weekend by riding three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze made national headlines Friday when he became the first jockey in North American racing history to ride in 50,000 thoroughbred races.  Baze swept the first three races on Friday’s card and later had milestone mount No. 50,000, Finish Rich in Nyc, who finished third in the sixth race.

Couton And Frey Dominate Saturday Card

     Jockeys Julien Couton and Kyle Frey won the bulk of the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields as Couton recorded a riding hat trick and Frey a riding double during the nine-race program.

     Couton won the first race with Sandor ($8.60), the third with Crocker’s Corner ($3.20) and the seventh with Siberian Laughter ($10.00).  Frey scored in back-to-back races, taking the fourth with Royal Stormer ($6.20) and the fifth with Incisive ($5.20).

Hall Of Famer Baze Reaches Another Milestone – Rides In 50,000th Race At Golden Gate Fields

     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze reached an incredible milestone Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he competed in his 50,000th thoroughbred race.

     Although he finished third aboard the 6-year-old mare Finish Rich in Nyc, Baze was allowed to enter the winner’s circle following the race for a photograph commemorating his historic ride.  Baze’s colleagues in the Golden Gate Fields jockey colony and track officials jammed in for the photograph.   

Baze Scheduled To Ride 50,000th Race Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Provided none of his scheduled mounts are scratched, jockey Russell Baze will ride in his 50,000th thoroughbred race Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze, who has had 49,994 thoroughbred mounts and won 11,836 races in his Hall of Fame career, is slated to ride in races one through six.  That means Finish Rich in Nyc, the 7-5 morning-line favorite in race six, will be milestone mount No. 50,000 for Baze.

Baze Rides Three Winners Monday; Milestone Mount Coming Up Friday

     Jockey Russell Baze didn’t get Monday off so he made the best of it by riding three winners on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday program at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won the fourth race with Habit Forming ($3.80), the sixth with Senjen ($7.00), and the seventh with Lilly’s Perfect ($9.60).  

Holiday Racing Monday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race program Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and post time for the holiday program is 12:45 p.m.

     Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, jockey Kyle Frey and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer both won back-to-back races.

English Royal Romps In Sprint Feature

     English Royal surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and then increased her advantage through the final furlong to win the $31,758 sprint feature in very impressive fashion Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Trained by William E. Morey and ridden by Kyle Frey, English Royal took the
5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths in a quick 1:03.18.  Personal Sunset placed second by 1 1/4 lengths over Chukchi Sunrise.

Baze Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields

     Leading jockey Russell Baze rode four winners Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won the first race with 4-5 favorite Apollo Ten ($3.80), the fourth with 9-5 second choice Massimo ($5.60), the seventh with 2-1 second choice Our Cognac Kid ($6.20) and the eighth with 3-2 favorite Cool Toddy ($5.00).