Racing News

Post Time Schedule Set For Summer Meeting That Begins Friday, August 15

     Golden Gate Fields will open its 2014 Summer Meeting on Friday, Aug. 15. The 19-day season runs through Sunday, Sept. 14, and post time is 1:45 p.m. with the exception of Fridays in August, when first post is 3:45 p.m.
 
     There will be a special Monday racing card on Sept. 1 (Labor Day) and a special Wednesday racing program on Sept. 3 (closing day at Del Mar).  The racing/post time schedule for the Summer Meeting is listed below.
 

Feature Race Win Caps Another Title-Winning Campaign For Baze

     Jockey Russell Baze capped off another title-winning campaign at Golden Gate Fields by urging 4-5 favorite Black Spirit to a one-length victory in the $38,675 Run It purse on closing day of the track’s winter/spring meeting.
 

Moonshine Bay Gets Up To Win Albany Stakes

     The 6-year-old gelding Moonshine Bay, making his first start on the Golden Gate Fields turf course, got up in the final strides to win the $53,815 Albany Stakes by a half-length over Incline Village and A Toast to You Saturday.
 
     Ridden by Russell Baze, Moonshine Bay captured the five-furlong dash for 3-year-olds and up by rallying from fifth in a field of eight.  
 

A Toast To You Sight Favorite In Wide Open Albany Stakes

     How wide open is the $50,000-added Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday?  The favorite is 3-1 on the morning line and five of the eight entrants are listed at odds of under 5-1. 
    
     Golden Gate Fields price maker Steve Martinelli tabbed A Toast To You as his morning-line favorite and rated the following runners right behind him: Starspangled Heat at 7-2, Moonshine Bay at 4-1, and Incline Village and Ain’t No Other at 9-2.
 

Alvarado Makes Triumphant Return To Saddle

Veteran jockey Frank Alvarado, who was too body sore to ride last Sunday, returned to the saddle Thursday at Golden Gate Fields and won with three of his five mounts. 
 
Alvarado sustained a concussion and a bruised right shoulder in a spill last Saturday and took Sunday off to let his body recover.   The decision afforded Alvarado four straight days of rest and relaxation as there was no racing at Golden Gate Fields Monday through Wednesday.
 

Albany Stakes, Wiener Dog Races, Dollar Day Sunday On Tap Closing Weekend

The $50,000-added Albany Stakes for sprinters and 10 rounds of wiener dog racing on Saturday, plus a free concert on Dollar Day Sunday, highlight the final weekend of Golden Gate Fields winter/spring meeting.
 
     The post time schedule for closing week is as follows: 12:45 p.m. Thursday, 1:45 p.m. Friday, and 12:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 
 

Magic Spot, Awesome Return Prevail In $100,000 Stakes

Golden Gate Fields presented a pair of $100,000 stakes for California-bred or California-sired 3-year-olds and Magic Spot and Awesome Return bested their rivals in the one-mile turf contests.
 
     Magic Spot, a dark bay daughter of Papa Clem, improved to 4-for-4 on turf with a game front-running victory in the Campanile for fillies.   Eight male runners met in the Silky Sullivan and Awesome Return, a bay colt by Decarchy, rallied from sixth to prevail by a head in a blanket finish.  
 

Jockeys Terrero, Alvarado Sustain Concussions In Spill

     Jockeys Pedro Terrero and Frank Alvarado both sustained concussions in a spill in the ninth race Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and were taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland for precautionary CAT-Scans.
 

Jockey Alvarado Notches 3,000th Victory

Jockey Frank Alvarado, a 45-year-old native of Panama City, Panama, earned his 3,000th victory in North America Friday when he guided Curly Girly to a 1 1/2-length score in the eighth race at Golden Gate Fields. 
 

Golden Gate Fields Offers Belmont Stakes Betting Friday

     Golden Gate Fields will take bets Friday on Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, a 1 1/2-mile race in which California Chrome will attempt to become thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion.  
 
     Advance wagering on the Belmont will be offered during the track’s morning simulcast program as well as during its live racing card, which begins at 1:45 p.m.  Gates open at 10 a.m.