Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Opens 2012-2013 Winter/Spring Meeting Wednesday

     The 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields, which will feature 101 days of thoroughbred racing, opens Wednesday with a nine-race program.  Post time for the opener is 12:15 p.m.

     The winter/spring season runs through June 16 and will feature 11 stakes races, including the $100,000 California Derby on Jan. 12, the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 16, the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile on April 27, and the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on May 27 (Memorial Day).

Free Simulcast Wagering

   Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on racing from East Coast racetracks as well Cal Expo Harness in Sacramento and Los Alamitos Quarter Horse racing in Southern California this Friday through Sunday (Dec.21-23).  Golden Gate Fields is offering free parking and free admission to the simulcast programs, which will be held in the club house.  Gates open at 10 a.m.

Positive Response Proves Best In Closing-Day Feature

     Positive Response gave his owners and chalk players an early Christmas present when he captured the $34,300 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, closing day of the track’s 2012 fall meeting.

     Positive Response took the lead from All American champion Hudson Landing turning into the stretch and then held off Massone and Photo Shopped down the lane to win the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length in 1:37.68.

Gig Harbor Repeats Allowance Win In Oakland Stakes

     Just as he did in winning an allowance race on Nov. 18, Gig Harbor shot to the front at the start and never looked back Saturday while scoring a dominating victory in the $53,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

    Gig Harbor, breaking from post position one under jockey Frank Alvarado, took command immediately from 6-5 favorite Ain’t No Other and maintained a clear lead through fractions of 22.56 and 45.31.  

Ain’t No Other Is Slight Favorite On Oakland Stakes Morning Line

     The $50,000 Oakland Stakes will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and one look at odds maker Steve Martinelli’s morning line reveals how well balanced the field is in the six-furlong feature.

     Martinelli tabbed Ain’t No Other as the 2-1 favorite.  Gig Harbor is the second choice at 5-2 and he’s followed by Shudacudawudya at 3-1 and Shrug at 7-2.  Cardiffbythesea is 6-1 and the lone outsider in the field of six is Northern Causeway at 20-1.

Oakland Stakes, Tough Allowance Heat Top Closing Weekend

     The 2012 fall meeting at Golden Gate Fields concludes with an eight-race program Friday and nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     Closing weekend will be highlighted by the $50,000 Oakland Stakes on Saturday and a $35,000 allowance race on Sunday that attracted All American Stakes winner Hudson Landing.

Greatest Escape Escapes With Narrow Win

     Greatest Escape escaped with a narrow victory in the $39,260 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Greatest Escape, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, ran down 9-5 favorite Habit Forming and jockey Russell Baze in the final strides to score by a half-length.  Vincenza finished third.

Zeewat Rolls To Victory In Gold Rush Stakes

     Zeewat, sporting blinkers for the first time, ran away from his rivals down the stretch and scored a 3 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Jockey Russell Baze, Zeewat’s regular rider, felt his colt wasn’t focused when he ran a lackluster third in the Golden Nugget Stakes on Nov. 10.  Baze suggested to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer that he put blinkers on Zeewat and Hollendorfer listened to the Hall of Fame rider.

Zeewat Is 8-5 Choice In Gold Rush Stakes

     Zeewat, winner of the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Gold Rush, a one-mile test for 2-year-olds, attracted a field of six and is the featured third race on a nine-race program.  Post time for the Gold Rush is     1:45 p.m.  Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m.

Miyadi Tightens Up Race For Leading Trainer By Saddling Two Winners

     Steve Miyadi, the second-leading conditioner at the Golden Gate Fields fall meeting, tightened up the race for top trainer honors by saddling a pair of winners Thursday.

     Miyadi captured the one-mile first race with Glorious Madness, who crossed the wire a neck in front of Star Genesis.  Glorious Madness, the 3-1 second choice ridden by Jesus Velazquez, paid $8.40 after recording her second straight victory.