Racing News

Winter/Spring Meeting At Golden Gate Fields Begins Friday, December 26

The $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, headlines the stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields.  
     Golden Gate Fields kicks off its 98-day season Friday, Dec. 26, with a nine-race program that begins at the special early post time of 12:15 p.m.  Santa Anita, Golden Gate Fields’ sister racetrack, also opens its winter-spring season Friday and first post at the Arcadia oval is noon. 

Look Quickly Wins By A Nostril On Closing Day

     Look Quickly got her nose in front of speedster Marks Mine in the final stride to win the closing-day feature of the fall meeting at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
     Ridden by Russell Baze, Look Quickly hung a very tough loss on Marks Mine, who led from the start and battled gamely to the wire under jockey Frank Alvarado.  

Fall Meeting Concludes Sunday With Dollar Day Card

     Golden Gate Fields will conclude its 35-day fall meeting Sunday with a 10-race program.  Post time is 12:15 p.m. and general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers and sodas cost just $1 each.
     The main event on closing-day is the third race, a six-furlong allowance dash for fillies and mares for that attracted a very strong field of six.  The lineup includes multiple stakes-winners City by the Bay, Delta Flower, Look Quickly and Marks Mine.

A Toast to You Makes Winning Toast At Golden Gate Fields

A Toast to You had his backers toasting a victory after he posted a 7-1 upset in the $37,906 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
     Coming from several lengths off the pace, A Toast to You outfinished Administer and Grazen’s Hope in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by a length under jockey Juan Hernandez.  Administer, ridden by Russell Baze, took the place by a neck over Grazen’s Hope and jockey Dennis Carr.

Golden Gate Fields Cancels Thursday Program Due To Storm

     Golden Gate Fields canceled its seven-race program Thursday due to a severe storm that pelted the Bay Area with heavy rains and gusty winds.  The storm has caused flooding, power outages and transportation problems throughout the Bay Area.
     Golden Gate Fields announced the decision to cancel the races early Thursday morning and plans to resume racing Friday at 12:45 p.m. 

Closing Weekend At Golden Gate Fields Will Feature 10-Race Cards

Golden Gate Fields wraps up its 2014 fall meeting this week with racing Thursday through Sunday.
     The track will present a seven-race card Thursday, an eight-race program Friday, and 10-race cards Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 12:15 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday.
     Hall of Famers Russell Baze and Jerry Hollendorfer can enjoy closing week as they are coasting to championships.  

Toruk Makto Posts 16-1 Upset In Golden Gate Fields Feature

Toruk Makto, in his second race following a layoff of more than 19 months, stormed down the middle of the stretch to score a 16-1 upset in the $33,945 feature race at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
     Toruk Makto broke from the outside post in a field of 10 and was forced to race wide throughout the 1 1/16-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up.  Covering the extra real estate didn’t bother Toruk Makto as he had the best kick down the lane and prevailed by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Pedro Terrero. 

Stand And Salute Holds Off Broughton Kitten In Gold Rush Stakes

     Stand and Salute took the lead from front-running Rye Patch at the sixteenth pole and then just held off hard-charging Broughton Kitten to win the $75,210 Gold Rush Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Stand and Salute is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the Gold Rush for the fourth straight year.  Hollendorfer captured the one-mile feature for 2-year-olds with Russian Greek in 2011, Zeewat in 2012, and Exit Stage Left in 2013.

Golden Gate Fields Honors Kentucky Derby-Winning Trainer Sherman Saturday

Art Sherman, trainer of 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, will be honored Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and a limited number of California Chrome posters will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.