Racing News

$100,000 All American Stakes On Memorial Day Will Cap Five-Day Racing Week

     Five consecutive days of horse racing, culminating with the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on Memorial Day Monday, gets underway Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Post time Thursday through Monday is 12:45 p.m.  A Dollar Day card on Sunday – general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas cost just a buck each – and a lawn chair giveaway on Monday highlight the extended racing week.

Baze Follows Saturday Hat Trick With Sunday Four-Bagger

     Jockey Russell Baze, North America’s all-time victory leader with 11,945 career wins, followed up his riding hat trick on Saturday with a four-bagger Sunday at Golden Gate Fields

     Baze scored Sunday with Igotnosixes ($4.20) in the fourth race, Preacher’s Brat ($7.80) in the fifth, Humorous ($5.80) in the seventh and Tricky Shane ($6.00) in the eighth.  Igotnosixes and Tricky Shane are both trained by Armando Lage.

Morey Saddles The Exacta In Sprint Feature

     Veteran trainer William J. Morey, Jr. saddled the exacta in the $37,996 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Morey won the six-furlong allowance race for 3-year-olds and up with Morning Fog, who charged to the lead approaching the sixteenth pole and crossed the wire one length in front of fast-closing stablemate When We Met.  Starboardlights finished third.

Gates Open At 9 A.M. For Preakness Card Simulcast

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 9 a.m. Saturday to facilitate the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes Day program from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will join the Pimlico card in progress and simulcast races four (post time is 9:30 a.m.) through 13 from the Maryland track.  Post time for the Preakness Stakes, race 12 on the program, is 3:20 p.m.

Preakness Betting Begins Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Friday can make advance wagers on the 138th Preakness Stakes, which will be run Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will take Preakness bets during its live card Friday (post time is 12:45 p.m.) and also during its morning and nighttime simulcas4t programs, giving patrons all day to make advance wagers on the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

Longtime California Trainer Retherford Passes At Age 82

     N. J. “Skip” Retherford, who trained thoroughbred racehorses in California from 1968 to 1993, died Friday after a three-year battle with cancer. 

     Mr. Retherford, 82, passed at the Castro Valley home of his daughter, Kathy Gatterer, and son-in-law, Bill Gatterer.  The couple cared for Mr. Retherford at their home throughout his bout with cancer.

Baze Records Another Multiple Win Day At Golden Gate Fields

     Three days off didn’t break Russell Baze’s momentum as the Hall of Fame jockey won two races Thursday when Golden Gate Fields kicked off a new racing week.

     The riding double extended Baze’s streak of consecutive multiple-victory days to four.  Baze won four races last Friday and then recorded back-to-back riding triples on Saturday and Sunday.

Kentucky Derby Winning Trainer McGaughey To Guest On ‘At The Track’ Sunday

     Shug McGaughey, the Hall of Fame trainer who captured the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby with Orb, will be the featured guest on the horse racing radio show “At The Track” this Sunday.

     Hosted by Sam Spear, “At The Track” airs from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Sunday on KNBR (680 AM).

Baze Caps Big Weekend With Riding Triple

     Leading jockey Russell Baze capped off a very successful weekend at Golden Gate Fields by riding three winners Sunday.

     Baze, who began the racing week by getting blanked on Thursday, rebounded in a big way by riding four winners Friday, three winners Saturday, and three more Sunday.

     Baze recorded his Cinco de Mayo hat trick with victories aboard Zip the Bag ($6.80) in the second race, Heroically ($5.20) in the third, and Romance Is Sosa ($4.00) in the sixth.  

After Big Derby Day, Golden Gate Fields Kicks Off Spring Concert Series Sunday

     Golden Gate Fields, which attracted a crowd of 8,061 Saturday for a special program that featured the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby and 10 local races, will complete a big weekend Sunday with a Dollar Day Cinco de Mayo card.

     Post time for the nine-race program is 12:45 p.m. and general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs, and sodas are just $1 each.  Golden Gate Fields kicks off its Spring Concert Series Sunday with the hot new band Solsa taking the Grandstand Stage.