Racing News

Alvarado, Carr, Hollendorfer All Win Two Races

     Jockeys Frank Alvarado and Dennis Carr and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer all recorded a pair of victories on Thursday’s seven-race program at Golden Gate Fields.

     Alvarado won the first race with Battling Atticus ($8.80) and the sixth with What’s for Dinner ($5.60).  Alvarado is third in the rider standings 13 victories.

Five-Day Racing Week Begins Thursday With Winning Streaks On The Line

     Golden Gate Fields will present five straight days of racing beginning Thursday and continuing through Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     Two horses competing on Thursday’s seven-race card are hoping to extend winning streaks.  Yerkillinmesmalls will seek her fifth straight victory in the third race and Easy Going Boykie will gun for his fourth consecutive win in the sixth race.

Lucky Moment Scores Third Straight Win

     Lucky Moment earned her third straight victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when she ran down heavy favorite My Lil Shamrock in the $34,742 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies.

     Lucky Moment, trained by Lloyd Mason and ridden by Inoel Beato, collared My Lil Shamrock in deep stretch of the one-mile race and scored by one length in 1:39.11.  Jerry’shoneycarol finished third.

Zeewat Overcomes Obstacles To Win California Derby

     He was cut off at the start and hung out wide on the far turn but that wasn’t enough to keep favored Zeewat from winning the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Zeewat, ridden by Russell Baze, came from fourth in a field of seven to win the
1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds by a half-length over pacesetter Wildcat Moon, the horse that turned right in front of him leaving the starting gate.  Tree of Life finished third.

‘Focused’ Tree Of Life Set For California Derby

     Trainer Craig Dollase is hoping to see a new horse Saturday when Tree of Life competes in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

     Actually, Dollase will be seeing a new gelding when Tree of Life faces six opponents in the 1 1/16-mile race for newly turned 3-year-olds.  

     “We gelded him about 10 days after his last race,” said Dollase.

Zeewat Made 6-5 Favorite In California Derby

     Gold Rush Stakes winner Zeewat has been made the 6-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

     Anyone who witnessed Zeewat’s convincing 3 1/4-length victory in the one-mile Gold Rush on Dec. 8 can understand why Golden Gate Fields odds maker Steve Martinelli made the colt such a strong choice in the 1 1/16-mile California Derby.

Filly Among Seven Entrants In California Derby

     Seven 3-year-olds have been entered in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields and the lineup includes the filly Butterfly Soul, who will try to become only the fourth female runner to win the historic race that dates back to 1873.

Marks Mine Blitzes Foes At Golden Gate Fields

     Marks Mine followed up her impressive win in the Golden Gate Debutante on Dec. 1 with another powerful front-running victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Breaking like a bullet under jockey Abel Cedillo, Marks Mine took command immediately and was never challenged en route to winning the six-furlong allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies by 4 1/2 lengths.  Pure Indy took second by a head over Power of Ten.  

Zeewat Among 14 Nominated To California Derby

     Fourteen 3-year-olds, including Gold Rush Stakes winner Zeewat, have been nominated to the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

     The California Derby is a 1 1/16-mile race that will be run Saturday, Jan. 12.  Entries and post positions for the feature will be drawn Wednesday.   

Carr Stays Hot At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Dennis Carr, who rode four winners on New Year’s Day at Golden Gate Fields, didn’t cool off during the track’s off days Wednesday and Thursday.

    Carr came back to ride two more winners Friday, taking the second race with Beau Diablo ($4.60) and the fourth with There Goes Donnie ($6.20).  Only a photo finish loss in the first race – aboard Letsgetitright, who was beaten a head by favored Lord’s Minister ($4.80) – kept Carr from a riding triple.