Racing News

Happybirthdaybaby Completes Hat Trick For Hollendorfer

     Happybirthdaybaby, improving to 3-for-3 for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, scored a front-running victory in the $33,418 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     Hollendorfer claimed Happybirthdaybaby for $32,000 on Nov. 11 at Golden Gate Fields and had her make her first start for his stable at Santa Anita, where she won a $40,000 claiming event down the track’s famed hillside turf course.
 

Favored Brilliant Melody Prevails In Blanket Finish

Brilliant Melody, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, fought off a host of challengers through the final furlong to win the $40,405 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
 
     In a blanket finish, Brilliant Melody prevailed by a neck over Koby Jo and English Royal.  Koby Jo took second by a nostril over English Royal, who finished a head in front of Esperanza Latina.  My Gal Candy finished fifth, a half-length behind Esperanza Latina and a head in front of last-place finisher Kitty Marie.

Simulcast Of Major Kentucky Derby Preps Featured Saturday

Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card Saturday and the program will be enhanced by the simulcast of two major Kentucky Derby preps – the Grade 2 $400,000 Fountain of Youth and the Grade 2 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes.
 

5-Year-Old Mare Seeks Sixth Straight Win Friday At Golden Gate Fields

Play Misty for Us will seek her sixth straight victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields when she faces seven rivals in a one-mile race for fillies and mares. 
 
     First post is 12:45 p.m. and Play Misty for Us will compete in the seventh and final race on the card, which will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.  
 

Zeewat Just Gets Up To Win Lost In The Fog Stakes

Zeewat, the heavy 4-5 favorite, made his backers sweat but eventually got the job done in the $51,605 Lost In The Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
 
     Ridden by Russell Baze, late-running Zeewat fought his way through traffic in the stretch and just got up to win the six-furlong sprint for older horses by a head over No Silent and French jockey Flavien Prat.  
 

First Two Finishers In El Camino Real Derby Look To Be Bound For Kentucky

     Tamarando and Dance With Fate, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, exited the race in good order and will likely make their next starts in Kentucky.
 
    Tamarando came from last in a field of eight to win the 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby by a half-length over Dance With Fate, who took second by 2 1/4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Enterprising.
 

Tamarando Edges Dance With Fate In El Camino Real Derby

     Tamarando, filling in for injured stablemate Exit Stage Left, rallied from last in a field of eight to win the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  
 
    Exit Stage Left, an undefeated colt with three stakes victories, sustained a tendon injury one week prior to the El Camino Real Derby.  That prompted Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to go to the bullpen for Tamarando, who is based at Santa Anita.
 

Comeback King Stevens Rides Favored Enterprising In El Camino Real Derby

     Gary Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey who came out of retirement in 2013 and enjoyed a banner year, will be at Golden Gate Fields Saturday to ride 5-2 morning line favorite Enterprising in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.
 

El Camino Real Derby Features Diverse Cast

     The field for Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields includes a Grade 1 stakes-winner (Tamarando), an Irish-bred horse that won a Group 3 stakes in his homeland (Craftsman), a colt that won a turf stakes at Santa Anita (Enterprising), a horse that competed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Dance With Fate) and a maiden trained by a Hall of Famer (Icy Ride).
 

Tamarando, Dance With Fate, Enterprising Among Eight In Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby

      Tamarando won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity by a half-length over Dance With Fate.  Dance With Fate beat Tamarando by two lengths while running second in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.  The two talented colts will meet again Saturday in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.