Racing News

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.

Hollendorfer Enters Four Talented Mares In Golden Poppy

     Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer entered four mares, three of which are multiple stakes-winners, in the $50,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Golden Poppy, the first turf stakes of Golden Gate Fields’ winter/spring meeting, will be run Sunday.  The 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares is the sixth race on a nine-race program and will be run at approximately 3:19 p.m.

Santa Anita Derby Simulcast Saturday, Golden Poppy Stakes Sunday

     The simulcast of the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial on Saturday, and the running of the Golden Poppy Stakes on Sunday are the top attractions at Golden Gate Fields this weekend.

Coach Bob Runs Up The Score

     Coach Bob took command at the start and then lengthened his advantage through the stretch in a dominating performance in the $38,254 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Coach Bob, under jockey Dennis Carr, won the six-furlong allowance race for
3-year-olds and up by 5 1/2 lengths in a very good time of 1:09.23 on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface.  Soldiers Point finished second and Morning Fog was third.

Dice Flavor Eighth In UAE Derby; Nina’s Dragon 12th In Louisiana Derby

     Dice Flavor and Nina’s Dragon, who ran one-two in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16, both failed to menace in rich races Saturday as Dice Flavor ran eighth in the $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Race Course in Dubai and Nina’s Dragon ran 12th in the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans.