Racing News

Baze Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields, Will Pilot 30-1 Class Included In Breeders’ Cup Friday

     Jockey Russell Baze gained some momentum for his road trip to the Breeders’ Cup by riding four winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze scored with Mardi’s Tough Game ($9.80) in the first race, Step On the Gas ($6,00) in the third, French Alps ($5.20) in the fourth, and Mile High Bunk ($3.00) in the sixth.  

Live Racing Cards, Breeders’ Cup Simulcasts Make For Big Week At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present live racing programs Thursday through Sunday and also simulcast the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Friday and Saturday.  

     Racing will begin at the usual 12:45 p.m. post time Thursday and Sunday, however, there will be special post times and gate opens Friday and Saturday for the Breeders’ Cup simulcasts.

Positive Response Gets First Turf Victory

     Positive Response, the 2011 California Derby winner, recorded his first turf victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he charged from off the pace to capture the $36,150 allowance feature by 2 1/4 lengths.

     Positive Response, trained by William E. Morey and ridden by Dennis Carr, won the one-mile main event for 3-year-olds and up in 1:36.57 and paid $14.40 as a 6-1 overlay in the betting.

Miss Empire Fights Back To Win Pike Place Dancer

     Southern California shipper Miss Empire, the 1-2 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, won a stretch-long battle with 10-1 Butterfly Soul to capture the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes by a neck Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Miss Empire 4-5 Favorite In Pike Place Dancer; SF Mile Champ Hudson Landing Returns Sunday

     Miss Empire, winner of the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita, is the 4-5 morning live favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Pike Place Dancer is the fourth race on a nine-race program that begins at
12:45 p.m., and Miss Empire will face five rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for
2-year-old fillies.  

Trainers Trujillo, Patterson Each Saddle Pair Of Winners

     Trainers Victor Trujillo and Dennis Patterson both won a pair of races Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.  

     Trujillo won the “old-school” Daily Double when he sent out the winners of the first and second races.  Although many tracks now offer their bettors “rolling Daily Doubles,” there was only one Daily Double in the early days of pari-mutuel wagering and it was conducted on the first two races.

Miss Empire, Butterfly Soul Among Six Fillies Entered In $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes

     Stakes-winners Miss Empire and Butterfly Soul head a field of six 2-year-old fillies entered in Saturday’s $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.  

     The Pike Place Dancer is a one-mile turf test and the race will mark the turf debut of every entrant but Somethingabouther, who is coming off a third-place finish in the Surfer Girl Stakes on the grass at Santa Anita.

McLean Caps Big Opening Week With Training Exacta

     Trainer Bill McLean capped a very successful opening week at Golden Gate Fields by saddling the exacta in Sunday’s second race.
    
     McLean sent out six starters during the first four days of the fall season and recorded three wins and a second.  “The Mate” did his damage on the turf as all three of his winners triumphed on the Lakeside Course.  

Halo Dolly Bounces Back With Victory In Miss America Stakes

     Halo Dolly bounced back from her rough road trip to New York by scoring an authoritative victory in the $64,300 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Halo Dolly, who finished last in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 29, came back in just three weeks to win the Miss America by
1 3/4 lengths over 41-1 longshot Sweetly Peppered.  

Halo Dolly 8-5 Favorite In Miss America

     Halo Dolly, winner of the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Del Mar, heads a four-filly contingent for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the $50,000-added Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Halo Dolly, the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Miss America, will be joined by stablemates Cathy’s Crunches (12-1), Going for a Spin (12-1) and Sweet Nothings (20-1) in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.