Racing News

Trainer Klokstad Dead At 79; Baze Hopes To Continue Winning Streak; Dubai World Cup Betting Friday

     Bud Klokstad, one of the all-time leading trainers in the state of Washington and a member of the Northern California horse racing community, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Richmond.  Klokstad, who had been in poor health for several months, was 79.

Baze Goes Back-To-Back-To-Back-To-Back

     Leading jockey Russell Baze posted back-to-back-to-back-to-back victories at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Baze, a 53-year-old Hall of Famer, looked like a young, hungry rider as he powered his mounts in the fifth and sixth races to hard-fought victories and then enjoyed relatively easy wins in the seventh and eighth races.

Diamond Of Blue Improves To 3-For-4

     The promising 3-year-old Diamond of Blue recorded his third victory in four starts when he defeated Downtown C. T. by three-quarters of a length in the $31,980 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Diamond of Blue, ridden by Juan Hernandez, easily took the lead from pacesetter Sherman Bartlebort entering the stretch and then dug in gamely to hold off Downtown C. T. in the six-furlong sprint.  Reconstruction finished third.

Golden Gate Fields Announces Changes Regarding Two Upcoming Stakes

     Golden Gate Fields racing secretary David Jerkens announced Friday a pair of changes regarding upcoming stakes.  

Rowdy Gal Enjoys Road Trip To Golden Gate Fields

     Rowdy Gal’s road trip to Golden Gate Fields turned out to be a successful one by the slimmest of noses.

     Rowdy Gal, sent north by Southern California-based trainer John Sadler, won the $38,500 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields when she got the head bob over I’m Tops in a very tight photo finish.  The official winning margin was a nose but in fact was more like a nostril.

Live Sundays Wires Rivals In Mile Feature

     Live Sundays played “catch me if you can” in the one-mile allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and won the game decisively.

     Live Sundays was sent to the lead by jockey Russell Baze and the 6-year-old gelding established command over his four rivals while racing the opening half-mile in 24.35 and the half in 48.39.
 

Oh Molly Brannigan, Naturally, Wins On St. Patrick’s Day

     Golden Gate Fields presented a nine-race St. Patrick’s Day program Saturday and the first winner of the day was, naturally, Oh Molly Brannigan.

     A clear hunch play for Irish punters, Oh Molly Brannigan captured the one-mile first race in front-running fashion and paid $13.40 after fighting off Carolina Grande for a nose victory.  Vindi Princess finished third.

Intriguing Vision Wins Again, Is Claimed Again By Hollendorfer

     The 4-year-old filly Intriguing Vision won her fourth straight race Thursday at Golden Gate Fields and was claimed for the third consecutive race.

     Intriguing Vision kicked off her winning streak on Dec. 30 when she captured a $10,000 claiming race for trainer Andy Mathis.  Mathis entered Intriguing Vision back in a $16,000 claiming race on Jan. 29 and she won again while being claimed by leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.