Racing News

1:45 p.m. Post Time Friday; Eight Entered In Saturday’s $100,000 SF Mile

     Golden Gate Fields will begin an abbreviated three-day racing week Friday and there is a special 1:45 p.m. post time for the eight-race program, which will feature the return of “rolling” Daily Doubles.

Afsana Posts Upset In Turf Feature

     Afsana, a 9-1 shot ridden by Frank Alvarado, scored a front-running victory in the $30,855 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.  
     Afsana dug in tenaciously down the stretch and just held off Lady of the Nile and jockey Dennis Carr to win the one-mile allowance race for 3-year-old fillies by a head in 1:39.34.  Stop Smiling, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, finished third.

Hudson Landing Sharp In Work For San Francisco Mile

     The 7-year-old gelding Hudson Landing tuned up for the $100,000 San Francisco Mile by working four furlongs in 48 3/5 handily Saturday morning at Golden Gate Fields.
     A Grade 3 turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up, the SF Mile will be run next Saturday.  Hudson Landing is one of eight runners already confirmed for Northern California’s top grass race.

Jeranimo Among 20 Nominated To San Francisco Mile

     Jeranimo, an 8-year-old horse who has won eight graded stakes and earned more than $1.5 million, is among the 20 runners nominated to the $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields.
     Northern California’s top turf race, the Grade 3 SF Mile will be run Saturday, April 26.  Fans attending the track that day will receive a free SF Mile T-shirt.

Racing Resumes Friday At Golden Gate Fields

After a four-day break, thoroughbred racing resumes Friday at Golden Gate Fields.  Post time Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday is 12:45 p.m.
     Golden Gate Fields will also race on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule next week before resuming its traditional Thursday-through-Sunday schedule May 1. 

Doubles Galore At Golden Gate Fields Sunday

Sunday was a day for doubles at Golden Gate Fields.
     Jockeys Frank Alvarado, Russell Baze and Abel Cedillo all had riding doubles and conditioner Tim Bellasis had a training double.
     Alvarado tallied with a pair of favorites, taking the first race aboard Malibu Rum ($4.00) and the fifth with What Goes Around ($5.80).

Baze Comes Off Bench To Win Five Races

Returning from a three-day riding suspension with a vengeance, Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze won five races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Baze, who received his benching for causing interference in the stretch aboard Gold Tie Please in the first race on March 29, scored with his first mount back when he took the second race with Black Spirit ($7.00). 

Hurricane Lake Prevails In Blanket Finish

     Hurricane Lake, receiving a strong ride from veteran jockey Frank Alvarado, rallied between front-runners Atomic Rule and Welcome Home Ryan in the final sixteenth of a mile and got up to win the $31,470 feature race in a photo finish Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

Central Heat Edges Handfull On Golden Gate Fields Turf

Central Heat brought the heat down the stretch and edged 9-5 favorite Handfull by a neck in the $25,865 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
     Central Heat, ridden by William Antongeorgi III, kept front-running Handfull and jockey Frank Alvarado honest on the lead by sticking within a length of the favorite down the backstretch.