Racing News

Alcatraz Opponents Meet Again Saturday

     Pazmeifucan and Flagman, the second- and third-place finishers in the Alcatraz Stakes on May 11, will meet again Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the $30,000 turf feature.
     Nine 3-year-olds are entered in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race and Pazmeifucan and Flagman are 4-1 and 8-1, respectively, on the morning line.  The lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite is Reno Rebel, who broke his maiden at Santa Anita in April for trainer Art Sherman, the conditioner of Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome.

Jockey Alvarado Approaching Milestone Win

     Veteran jockey Frank Alvarado heads into Golden Gate Fields’ abbreviated Friday-through-Sunday racing week approaching a career milestone.  Post time Friday is 1:45 p.m.; first post Saturday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m.
     Alvarado, a 45-year-old native of Panama City, Panama, has ridden 2,995 winners in North America.  He is scheduled to ride 15 horses during the next three days – four Friday, four Saturday and seven Sunday – as he guns for win No. 3,000. 

Shared Belief Returns To Races Triumphantly

Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, made a triumphant return to races Monday at Golden Gate Fields when he whipped four older rivals in the $37,310 Onebadshark allowance sprint in his long-awaited 3-year-old debut.
     Ridden by Russell Baze, Shared Belief led from start to finish in the six-furlong race and scored by 4 1/4 lengths in a solid time of 1:09.78.  Ourwestcoastghost took second by a head over Moonshine Bay. 

Shared Belief 4-5 Favorite In Comeback Start; Summer Hit 2-1 Choice In $100,000 All American

      Shared Belief is a 4-5 favorite on the morning line to win his 3-year-old debut Monday and Summer Hit is the 2-1 choice in the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
      Post time for the Memorial Day program is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the holiday card will have the chance to get a free Golden Gate Fields souvenir through the track’s grab bag promotion. 

Marshal Marini Wires Rivals At Golden Gate Fields

   Marshall Marini, in his second try on turf, scored a front-running victory in the $37,515 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Rated nicely on the lead by jockey Abel Cedillo, Marshall Marini stole a half-mile in :49.53 and glided through six furlongs in 1:13.40.  With plenty of energy left for the stretch drive, Marshall Marini held off 3-5 favorite Salah Champ to tally by 1 3/4 lengths.

Champion Shared Belief Returns To Races Monday At Golden Gate Fields

     Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, will make his long-awaited and much-anticipated 3-year-old debut Monday at Golden Gate Fields in a six-furlong allowance race.
    Shared Belief will run in the fourth race on a special Memorial Day program that features the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes.  Post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.  The All American is the seventh race and will be run at 3:55 p.m.

Baze Rides Favorites To Hat Trick

     Jockey Russell Baze, riding a bevy of horses that were favored in the wagering, won three races Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Baze took the second race with 6-5 favorite Rule Breaker ($4.60), the fifth with even-money choice Secret Memo ($4.20), and the sixth with 1-2 standout Valid Sale (3.00).
The riding hat trick boosted Baze’s win total at the winter/spring meeting to 141.

First Win Results In ‘Great Day’ For Trainer Mahorney

     Cinda Mahorney, daughter of former jockey and trainer Bill Mahorney, earned her first training victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when 20-1 Lucky Gotum got up in the final strides to win the seventh race by a half-length. 
    Lucky Gotum was the 16th starter for Mahorney, who was still on cloud nine Sunday morning.

Gates Open Early For Simulcast Of Preakness Card

Golden Gate Fields will open all admission gates at 9 a.m. Saturday in order to simulcast the majority of the Preakness Stakes Day card from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast races four through 13 from Pimlico and post time for the fourth race is 9:30 a.m.  Post time for the Preakness Stakes, the 12th race on the program, is 3:18 p.m. 

Dam Run Kaitlyn Run Has Two Winners At Golden Gate Fields

 The 13-year-old mare Run Kaitlyn Run was well represented at Golden Gate Fields Thursday as two of her fillies recorded victories.
     Runninismygame, a daughter of the sire Game Plan and Run Kaitlyn Run, made an impressive debut in the first race when she drew away to a three-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden allowance dash for 2-year-old fillies.  Runninsmygame was timed in 53.34 and paid $8.20.