Racing News

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.

Lord Vronsky Extends Winning Streak To Five Races

     Lord Vronsky recorded his fifth straight victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he charged from off the pace to win the 5 1/2-furlong fourth race by 2 1/4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Bwana Be Gone.
    The win capped a fine 2012 campaign for Lord Vronsky, who amassed five wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts on the year.  Lord Vronsky has inched up the class ladder during his winning streak as he has won for claiming tags of $4,000, $5,000, $8,000 (twice), and $10,000.

Shi’ah Sand Pays $265.60 To Win At Golden Gate Fields

     The 4-year-old filly Shi’ah Sand, victorious just once in 33 previous starts, tested the fuses in the tote board at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday when she scored at odds of
131-1 on opening day of the track’s 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting.

Golden Gate Fields Opens 2012-2013 Winter/Spring Meeting Wednesday

     The 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields, which will feature 101 days of thoroughbred racing, opens Wednesday with a nine-race program.  Post time for the opener is 12:15 p.m.

     The winter/spring season runs through June 16 and will feature 11 stakes races, including the $100,000 California Derby on Jan. 12, the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 16, the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile on April 27, and the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on May 27 (Memorial Day).