Racing News

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.

Specht Runners Finish One-Two In Opening-Day Feature At Golden Gate Fields


     Trainer Steve Specht nailed the exacta in the opening-day feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday when his 4-year-old gelding Photo Shopped defeated his
4-year-old colt Dixico by a neck in a $32,380 allowance contest.

     Photo Shopped, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Frank Alvarado, won the one-mile main event in 1:41.31 and paid $6.80.  Dixico took second by a half-length over Marine Fog, who finished a half-length in front of Simply Sharp in the blanket finish.

Jockey Carr Back From New York For Opening Of Golden Gate Fields Fall Meeting

     New Yorker Dennis Carr, who finished second in the jockey standings at five consecutive Golden Gate Fields meetings from 1998-2000, will be back at the East Bay racetrack Thursday for opening day of the 2012 fall meeting.

    The fall season runs through Sunday, Dec. 16, and racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     Carr has had two prior successful stays in Northern California.  

Golden Gate Fields Open For Simulcast Wagering; East Bay Track Will Open Fall Meeting October 18

     Thoroughbred racing is back on the fair circuit and Golden Gate Fields will simulcast all the action from the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton and the Big Fresno Fair.  The Stockton meet runs from Sept. 20-30 and will be followed by the Big Fresno Fair, which will run from Oct. 4-14.

Baze Wins Four Races On Closing Day To Earn 43rd Career Riding Title At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze won four races on the closing-day card of the summer meeting to earn his 43rd career riding title at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Julien Couton held a 24-23 advantage over Baze in the jockey standings heading into the finale but the Frenchman went 0-for-5 while Baze went 4-for-7 to finish the 17-day meeting with 27 victories.  Baze won the riding championship despite missing two days of the short meeting due to out-of-town engagements.