Racing News

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.

Early Gate Opening, Post Time At Golden Gate Fields Saturday

Golden Gate Fields will open all gates at 9 a.m. Saturday when it hosts the biggest Belmont Stakes party in the Bay Area and presents a 10-race program that will begin at the special early post time of 12:15 p.m.
     As part of the Belmont Stakes celebration, Golden Gate Fields will offer fans 16-ounce Coors or Miller beers, hot dogs, and bottled water for just a buck each.  The track will also host a Belmont Stakes/California Chrome Wine Festival, which will showcase 17 wineries.

Tiz Kissable Triumphs In Turf Feature

     Tiz Kissable rallied inside of her rivals down the stretch and earned a hard-fought victory in the $31,185 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. 
      Receiving a strong ride from veteran jockey Dennis Carr, Tiz Kissable outran pacesetter Tacit Approval as well as French Tart and Zanab through the final furlong to win the one-mile allowance race for 3-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length.

Reno Rebel Makes Impressive Turf Debut

Reno Rebel made an impressive turf debut Saturday when he charged from off the pace to score a 2 1/4-length victory in the $30,960 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.
     Reno Rebel, ridden by Dennis Carr, zoomed to the lead at the top of the stretch and maintained a clear advantage to the wire in winning the 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds in 1:44.82.  Terrys Tom Cat took second by a head over Crushed It.