Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Adds Alcatraz Stakes

     Golden Gate Fields racing secretary David Jerkens announced today that the $75,000-guaranteed Alcatraz Stakes has been added to the winter-spring meeting stakes schedule and that the $100,000 Campanile Stakes has been moved from May 31 to June 8.
     The Alcatraz is for 3-year-olds and will be run at one mile on the Lakeside Turf Course on Sunday, May 11.  Nominations for the race will close May 1.  

Hollendorfer Barn Has Three Winners At Golden Gate Fields While Boss Is Winning At Santa Anita

     Team members of the Jerry Hollendorfer racing stable sent out three winners at Golden Gate Fields Saturday while the boss was at Santa Anita winning the Grade 2 $251,250 San Carlos Stakes with Sahara Sky ($8.80).

Simulcast Of $750,000 Big ’Cap Featured Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields’ nine-race program Saturday will be bolstered by the simulcast of the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap.
     The Big ’Cap highlights a tremendous 11-race card at Santa Anita that also features the Grade 2 $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, the Grade 2 $250,000 San Carlos Stakes, and the Grade 1 $350,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile.  

Diamond Stilettos Upsets 1-5 Favorite Cast In Silver

     Irish-bred Diamond Stilettos, making her second U.S. start, upset 1-5 favorite Cast in Silver in a one-mile allowance race for 3-year-old fillies Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Cast in Silver, who last weekend was one of the 23 individual betting interests in the Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, had won her debut in very impressive fashion on Feb. 16 and was hammered down to 1-9 on the tote board during most of the betting Thursday.

Promising 3-Year-Olds In Action Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

     A pair of promising 3-year-olds, the filly Cast in Silver and the colt Grazen’s Hope, will be in action Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Cast in Silver, a Kentucky-bred daughter of City Zip, ran away to a 5 1/2-length victory when she made her career debut in a six-furlong maiden allowance race on     Feb. 16 at Golden Gate Fields.  The bay filly will try two turns Thursday when she faces five rivals in the fourth race, a one-mile allowance test.

Welcome Home Ryan Wins Match Race With Sandor

     Sandor and Welcome Home Ryan staged their own match race in the $24,000 feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and it was a thriller.
    Welcome Home Ryan, ridden by Catalino Martinez, surged powerfully in the final strides to win the one-mile race for older horses by a neck over Sandor and jockey Russell Baze.  

Alvarado And Specht Click Twice At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Frank Alvarado and trainer Steve Specht, a potent jockey-trainer combo in Northern California for many years, clicked twice at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
     Alvarado and Specht scored with a pair of heavy favorites, taking the third race with 6-5 choice Alpine Gathering and the sixth with 1-2 choice Adriatic Son ($3.00).

Jockey Hernandez Records Riding Hat Trick

     Jockey Juan Hernandez, capitalizing on some live mounts, recorded a riding hat trick Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Hernandez won the second race with even-money favorite Pairodice Ridge ($4.00), the fourth race with 9-5 second choice Perfect Set ($5.60), and the eighth race with 3-2 favorite Mia Isabel ($5.00).

Pepper Crown Scores Front-Running Victory

     Pepper Crown, rating nicely under jockey Juan Hernandez, posted a front-running victory in the $43,400 McCann’s Mojave allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
     Despite being hounded on the backstretch by 11-1 long shot Irish Art, Pepper Crown relaxed on the lead and cruised through fractions of :51.50 (half-mile) and 1:16.89 (six furlongs).
     Hernandez asked Pepper Crown to picked it up at the top of the stretch and the 

Stakes Victors Meet Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

     Four stakes-winners are among the six horses set to compete Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in the $35,000 McCann’s Mojave, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race for 4-year-olds and up.