Racing News

Frey Rides A Pair Of Winners At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Kyle Frey rode a pair of winners Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Frey took the first race, a six-furlong allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies, with Irish Presence, who overcame some traffic to win by a head over Power of Ten.  Irish Presence had to check when even-money favorite Hollanita drifted in front of her at the top of the stretch.  Irish Presence quickly regained her momentum and outran Power of Ten through the final furlong to earn her second win in seven starts.

Former Jockey And Racing Official Volzke Dies At Age 87

     Merlin Volzke, a former jockey and California racing official, died peacefully at his home in Sacramento Thursday night.  Mr. Volzke was 87.

Undefeated Fillies Will Meet Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race card Friday and nine-race programs Saturday and Sunday.  Post time all three days is 12:45 p.m.

     The race of the weekend could be Saturday’s first race, a six-furlong allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies that attracted the undefeated runners Miss American Pie and Hollanita.

Gallant Son Charges To Win In Albany Stakes

     The 7-year-old horse Gallant Son added a Golden Gate Fields stakes win to his stakes portfolio Monday when he charged from off the pace to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $50,450 Albany Stakes.

     Ridden for the first time by French jockey Julien Couton, Gallant Son came from seventh in a field of nine to win the six-furlong sprint for older horses in a very impressive 1:09.18.  Moonshine Bay took second by three-quarters of a length over Shrug.

Bailouttheminister Favored In Monday’s Albany Stakes

     Bailouttheminister, who has won his last three starts at six furlongs, heads a field of nine hard-hitting sprinters in the $50,000-added Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

     Post time for the special Presidents’ Day racing program is 12:45 p.m. and Golden  Gate Fields is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.

Dice Flavor Rallies To Win El Camino Real Derby

     Dice Flavor, making his stakes debut and his first start on a surface other than turf, rallied from eighth in a field of nine to win the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby by 3 3/4 lengths Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Dice Flavor charged through an opening in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds in 1:51.45 on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.  Dismissed at odds of 9-1, Dice Flavor paid $21.00.

Manando 9-5 Favorite In $200,000 El Camino Real Derby

     Manando, a $300,000 colt from the Bob Baffert barn, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Entrants In El Camino Real Derby Have Interesting Credentials

     Nine 3-year-olds will meet Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep.  The entrants bring varied credentials into the 1 1/8-mile contest, which will be run at 4:40 p.m. and broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  

     Following are notes on the horses in the El Camino Real Derby field, listed in the order in which they are ranked on the morning line.  
     

California Derby Champ Zeewat Among Nine Entered In El Camino Real Derby

     California Derby champion Zeewat will face eight rivals, including a pair of runners trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Apprentice Delgadillo Rides First Winner

     Apprentice Jose Delgadillo, riding in his 39th race, recorded the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he guided even-money favorite Seeking the Stitch to an off-the-pace score in the fifth race.

     “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Delgadillo of winning his first race.  “When I passed the wire it was, ‘whew, I finally got it.’  It feels great.”