Racing News

Marks Mine Among 11 Fillies Entered In California Oaks

     Marks Mine, who led for most of the way in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, is among the 11 fillies entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies, is the seventh race on a nine-race card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.  First post is 12:45 p.m.

Baze Completes Super Weekend With Another Hat Trick

     Jockey Russell Baze had a super Super Bowl weekend at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won two races Friday, recorded a riding triple Saturday, and finished up with another hat trick Sunday.

     Baze scored with his first three mounts Sunday.  The Hall of Famer won the first race with Duke of Doom ($9.60), the third with Catrageous ($4.60), and the fourth with Wunderbar ($3.00).

Special 11:15 a.m. Post Time Sunday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields, in order to allow fans to get in a card of horse racing before kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII, has scheduled a special early post time of
11:15 a.m. Sunday.

     Golden Gate Fields will present eight races and post time for the finale is 2:45 p.m.
Post time for the Super Bowl is 3:29 p.m.

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).