Racing News

Jockey Gonzalez Gets First Riding Four-Bagger

Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez, who has recorded 20 riding hat tricks in his young career, earned his first four-bagger Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Gonzalez captured the third race with Mambo Rock ($6.60), the fourth with Loop Current Eddie ($2.60), the seventh with Golden Guy ($9.40), and the eighth with Deb’s Wildcard ($9.00).
     Gonzalez has scored with eight of his 14 mounts this week as he rode three winners Thursday and one Friday. 

Hollendorfer Seeks Riches At Charles Town, Hawthorne

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will seek a pair of rich road victories Saturday when he sends out top-ranked Shared Belief in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and Cross the Line in the $400,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne near Chicago. 
     Shared Belief, America’s best racehorse, is the 2-5 morning line favorite in the Charles Town Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race contested on a six-furlong oval.  The race begins on the backstretch and requires trips around three tight turns.

High Test Rallies From Last To Win Sprint Feature

High Test charged from last to first under Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze to capture the $23,105 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by a half-length Thursday.
     High Test, who was coming off a second-place finish in a $16,000 claiming event on April 2, raced for a $25,000 claiming tag Thursday and paid $11.00 after being dismissed as the fourth wagering choice in a field of six. 

Golden Gate Fields-Based Shared Belief Is 2-5 Favorite In $1.5 Million Charles Town Classic

     Golden Gate Fields-based Shared Belief, the top-ranked horse in the country, is a prohibitive 2-5 favorite on the morning line to capture Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Charles Town in West Virginia.

Hypnatique Rallies For 13-1 Upset In Sprint Feature

Hypnatique, who scored a 6-1 upset in his previous race, came back with a 13-1 surprise Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Hypnatique came from fifth in a field of seven to win a six-furlong allowance race by a nose on March 22 and paid $14.20.  Sunday, Hypnatique paid $28.00 after charging from sixth in a field of seven to score by half-length in the $34,604 allowance feature.

Tiz Dynamic Has Winning Surge In Turf Feature

Tiz Dynamic, receiving a fine ride from jockey Silvio Amador, split horses in deep stretch and got up to win the $25,105 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Tiz Dynamic was always within striking distance in the 1 1/16-mile race for $40,000 claimers and patiently waited for racing room in the stretch.  When an opening developed between Tribal Tribute and Polytechnicien in the late stages, Tiz Dynamic accelerated powerfully through the hole to score by a half-length.

Longtime Bay Area Trainer William J. Morey, Jr. Passes At Age 74

Northern California trainer William J. Morey, Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall of Fame (class of 2014), died Friday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Los Altos after a long battle with cancer.  Mr. Morey was 74.
     A native of San Francisco, Mr. Morey grew up in San Carlos and attended the races at Bay Meadows with his father.  As a teenager, Mr. Morey got a job as a hot walker at the now defunct San Mateo racetrack. 

Exciting Colt Kentuckian To Make Second Start Sunday At Santa Anita

The exciting colt Kentuckian, who made a dazzling debut at Golden Gate Fields on March 7, will make his highly-anticipated second start Sunday at Santa Anita in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes. 
     Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Kentuckian couldn’t have been more impressive in his first outing as he took command early and romped home by 11 lengths under jockey Russell Baze.  Kentuckian won the six-furlong maiden allowance dash on Tapeta in 1:08.96, completing the final quarter of a mile in 23.31 seconds.

Baze Texas-Bound For Season Opener At Lone Star Park

     Russell Baze, the leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields, will be in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday for opening night of the spring-summer meeting at Lone Star Park.  
     Baze will ride horses for owner-trainer Henry Dominguez at Lone Star.  Baze has the call on He’s a Bling in the first race, the $50,000 Premiere Stakes, and Popalicious in the second race, an allowance-optional claiming event with a $24,000 pot.

Pepper Crown Edges G. G. Ryder In Prep For SF Mile

     Pepper Crown, who won three stakes – two of the Grade 3 variety – at Golden Gate Fields in 2014, earned his first victory of 2015 when he outran nemesis G. G. Ryder down the stretch and took the $41,118 Easter Sunday feature by a neck.
     The one-mile allowance race was a prep for the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on April 25 and was scheduled to be run on the turf, however, morning rains prompted officials to move the feature to the synthetic Tapeta racing surface.