Racing News

‘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.

Baze, Nation’s Win Leader In 2012, Opens 2013 With Riding Triple

     Northern California’s Russell Baze, who led the nation’s jockeys in victories in 2012 with 374, opened up 2013 by winning the first race at Golden Gate Fields Tuesday aboard even-money favorite Picture Perfect ($4.00).

     Baze ended New Year’s Day with a riding triple as he also won the sixth race with Cheese Danish ($4.80) and the eighth with Isadaisybelle ($10.20).

Cone-Espitia Combo Clicks Again And Again At Big Odds

     Trainer Rodney Cone and jockey Jorge Espitia, a duo responsible for a major surprise on Sunday’s card at Golden Gate Fields, came right back with two more longshot winners Monday.

     Cone and Espitia won Sunday’s fifth race with Hard to Be Humble, an invader from Canada who paid $26.80 after posting a wire-to-wire victory in a one mile race for $4,000 claimers.  

Lookin For Jonesy Runs Down Favorites In Final Strides

     Lookin for Jonesy, a 9-1 shot ridden by Frank Alvarado, ran down the top two betting choices in the final strides to score an upset victory in the $34,494 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Lookin for Jonesy rallied from last in a field of six to win the six-furlong allowance race by a neck over Moojha, the 4-1 second choice.  Mooja took second by a head over Justalittleloopy, the heavy 3-5 favorite.

Wildcat Moon Edges Stablemate Eight Stitches In Sprint Feature

     Wildcat Moon collared stablemate Eight Stitches in midstretch and then inched away from the favorite in the final yards to win the $30,318 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by three-quarters of a length Saturday.

     Wildcat Moon and Eight Stitches are both trained by Jeff Bonde, who saw his runners stage an exciting battle down the lane.  Wildcat Moon, ridden by Dennis Carr, proved strongest and edged Eight Stitches, the 3-5 choice ridden by Russell Baze.