Racing News

Smarty Corn Scores Wire-To-Wire Win In Front Of 9,346 At Golden Gate Fields

     Smarty Corn, rated smartly on the lead by jockey Francisco Duran, posted a wire-to-wire victory in the $35,685 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday in front of a festive crowd of 9,346.

     The attendance for the Hispanic Heritage Day program was the second-largest gathering at Golden Gate Fields in 18 years.  A Sunday crowd of 11,462 attended the track on April 5, 2009.

Hollendorfer’s Shrewd Buy Summer Hit Wins Silky Sullivan Stakes

     Summer Hit, a 3-year-old gelding purchased by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer shortly after his impressive victory in a modest $12,500 maiden-claiming race, continues to make Hollendorfer look good.

     Summer Hit has three wins, a second, and a third in five starts for Hollendorfer and Saturday at Golden Gate Fields he earned his first stakes victory when he defeated 4-5 favorite Stoney Fleece by a neck in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes.

All Gates Open At 9 A.M. Saturday For Belmont Stakes Day Simulcasts

     Golden Gate Fields is opening all admission gates at 9 a.m. Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day.

     The early opening will allow fans to watch and wager, via simulcast, on the undercard races on the Belmont Stakes Day program at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.  Post time for the first Belmont simulcast, Race 2, is 9:05 a.m.  Post time for the Belmont Stakes, Race 11 and the 1 1/2-mile final leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, is 3:40 p.m.

Betting On The Belmont Stakes Begins Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Belmont Stakes betting begins Friday at Golden Gate Fields when the track offers advance wagering on the final leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

     I’ll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, will try to become only the 12th Triple Crown champion in thoroughbred racing history Saturday when he faces 11 rivals in the 1 1/2-mile endurance test at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY.  Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:40 p.m.

Golden Gate Fields Will Host Triple Crown Parties And Conduct 10-Race Card Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast I’ll Have Another’s bid for glory in the Belmont Stakes, host Triple Crown parties, and present a 10-race card of its own Saturday.  
 

Baze Completes Big Weekend With Four-Victory Afternoon

     Jockey Russell Baze completed a very successful weekend at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Sunday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze rode three winners Friday and had a riding double Saturday that included a victory in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes aboard Best Present Ever.  

Best Present Ever Dominates In Campanile Stakes

     Best Present Ever recorded her third straight victory on turf Saturday when she humbled five opponents in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Ridden by Russell Baze and trained by Eric Kruljac, Best Present Ever came from just off the pace to win the one-mile grass race for California-bred 3-year-old fillies by five lengths.  Oh Molly Brannigan, who set the pace under jockey Juan Hernandez, took second by 2 1/2 lengths over Warren’s Amber.

Best Present Ever Favored In Campanile Stakes

      Best Present Ever, a winner of two straight races on turf, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Campanile is a one-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies bred in California.  The feature will be run at 4:25 p.m. and is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m.

Friday Twilight Card Features Pick Six Carryover of $39,089

      Golden Gate Fields kicks off June with an eight-race twilight card Friday.  Post time is 3:15 p.m. and there is a carryover of $39,089 in the Pick Six.

     The Pick Six, a $2 bet that requires handicappers to pick the winners of six consecutive races, will be held on races three through eight.  Post time for the third race is 4:15 p.m.

     Following is a look at the races in the Pick Six sequence.

Awesome Gem Awarded Berkeley Handicap Win When Positive Response Is Disqualified

     Positive Response crossed the wire first in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Monday but it was runner-up Awesome Gem who was ultimately declared the winner of the Grade 3 stakes for older horses.

     Positive Response defeated Awesome Gem by three-quarters of a length in the
1 1/16-mile contest but was disqualified from first and placed fourth by the stewards for interfering with fourth-place finisher Anthony’s Cross in deep stretch.