Racing News

Summer Hit Slight Favorite In All American Stakes

     The up and coming 4-year-old gelding Summer Hit and the classy 8-year-old gelding Tres Borrachos are the top two choices on the morning line in Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Summer Hit is the 9-5 favorite and Tres Borrachos the 2-1 second choice in the
Grade 3 All American, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.  The All American is the seventh race on a nine-race Memorial Day program and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Slim Pickins Rallies To Win Turf Feature

     Slim Pickins, a 5-year-old son of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course to win the $31,486 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Slim Pickins ran down Sandor, who took advantage of clear sailing along the inside to take command at the top of the stretch, in the final strides to score by a half-length.  Sandor took second by a nose over stretch-running Ezio.

Well-Traveled Tres Borrachos Among Eight In All American Stakes

     Tres Borrachos, an 8-year-old gelding who has competed at 12 different racetracks and in seven states, will bring his road show to Golden Gate Fields Monday for the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes.

     The feature event on a special Memorial Day racing program, the All American will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.   The holiday card begins at 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the races will receive a free lawn chair.

Summer Hit Has Final Work For Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes

     Summer Hit, runner-up in the San Francisco Mile, completed his preparations for Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes by working a half-mile in :49 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields.

     The All American, a Grade 3 test for 3-year-olds and up, will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface and is the main event on a special Memorial Day racing program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the holiday card will receive a free lawn chair.

$100,000 All American Stakes On Memorial Day Will Cap Five-Day Racing Week

     Five consecutive days of horse racing, culminating with the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on Memorial Day Monday, gets underway Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Post time Thursday through Monday is 12:45 p.m.  A Dollar Day card on Sunday – general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas cost just a buck each – and a lawn chair giveaway on Monday highlight the extended racing week.

Baze Follows Saturday Hat Trick With Sunday Four-Bagger

     Jockey Russell Baze, North America’s all-time victory leader with 11,945 career wins, followed up his riding hat trick on Saturday with a four-bagger Sunday at Golden Gate Fields

     Baze scored Sunday with Igotnosixes ($4.20) in the fourth race, Preacher’s Brat ($7.80) in the fifth, Humorous ($5.80) in the seventh and Tricky Shane ($6.00) in the eighth.  Igotnosixes and Tricky Shane are both trained by Armando Lage.

Morey Saddles The Exacta In Sprint Feature

     Veteran trainer William J. Morey, Jr. saddled the exacta in the $37,996 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Morey won the six-furlong allowance race for 3-year-olds and up with Morning Fog, who charged to the lead approaching the sixteenth pole and crossed the wire one length in front of fast-closing stablemate When We Met.  Starboardlights finished third.

Gates Open At 9 A.M. For Preakness Card Simulcast

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 9 a.m. Saturday to facilitate the simulcast of the Preakness Stakes Day program from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will join the Pimlico card in progress and simulcast races four (post time is 9:30 a.m.) through 13 from the Maryland track.  Post time for the Preakness Stakes, race 12 on the program, is 3:20 p.m.

Preakness Betting Begins Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Friday can make advance wagers on the 138th Preakness Stakes, which will be run Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will take Preakness bets during its live card Friday (post time is 12:45 p.m.) and also during its morning and nighttime simulcas4t programs, giving patrons all day to make advance wagers on the middle leg of the Triple Crown.

Longtime California Trainer Retherford Passes At Age 82

     N. J. “Skip” Retherford, who trained thoroughbred racehorses in California from 1968 to 1993, died Friday after a three-year battle with cancer. 

     Mr. Retherford, 82, passed at the Castro Valley home of his daughter, Kathy Gatterer, and son-in-law, Bill Gatterer.  The couple cared for Mr. Retherford at their home throughout his bout with cancer.