Racing News

Henderson, Flores Team Up For Win With 33-1 Astuzia

     Trainer Frances Henderson, who saddled two winners in 2013, and jockey Pablo Flores, who rode five winners last year, teamed up to win the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields Thursday with 33-1 outsider Astuzia.
     Astuzia, winless in 16 starts in 2013 and 0-for-2 this year, broke out of her slump when she rallied from last in a field of five to win a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares by a half-length over Handfull and jockey Russell Baze.  

Baze To Ride Baffert Filly In California Oaks

     Jockey Russell Baze will ride the Bob Baffert-trained filly Be Proud in the $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
     The Oaks is a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies and the race attracted a field of six.    
Be Proud will break from post position two when she makes her first start outside of Southern California.

Tizaplayer Sets Track Record In Romping Win

     Tizaplayer lowered the Golden Gate Fields track record for 5 1/2-furlongs on Tapeta Sunday when he covered the distance in 1:02.56 while blitzing eight opponents in the seventh race.
     Tizaplayer, trained by Blaine Wright and ridden by Juan Hernandez, won the starter allowance race for older horses by 4 1/2 lengths and easily bested the previous track mark of 1:02.81, set by Urban Hunter on March 17, 2013. 

Super Sunday Racing Card Begins At 11:15 A.M.

     Golden Gate Fields, in a nod to the Super Bowl, has scheduled a special post time of 11:15 a.m. Sunday.  All gates open at 9:30 a.m.  
     The early starting time will result in the eight-race program being completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., 45 minutes prior to kickoff for Super Bowl XLVIII.  

Baze Goes 6-For-7 At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze, showing why he’s a member of thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame, rode six winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Baze scored his victories with Iron Joe T ($7.00) in the first race, Uzziel ($7.40) in the featured third, Spanishsugarrr ($6.20) in the fifth, Relentless Warrior ($7.60) in the sixth, Barrel Knot ($7.60) in the seventh, and Bomb Site ($5.40) in the eighth.  Amazingly, Bomb Site was the only horse favored in the betting. 

Talented 3-Year-Old Fillies Match Strides Friday

     A  talented group of 3-year-old fillies will match strides Friday at Golden Gate Fields in the featured third race, a six-furlong allowance dash that has a purse of $30,000.
     Five fillies are entered in the race and every runner – with the exception of Toomuchisnotenough, who is undefeated in three starts – has competed in stakes events. 

Early Racing Card At Golden Gate Fields Super Sunday

Golden Gate Fields will give football fans an alternative to multi-hour pre-game shows when it presents an eight-race program Sunday that begins at 11:15 a.m.
     All gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the racing card will be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., 45 minutes prior to kickoff for Super Bowl XLVIII.  General parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas will cost just $1 Sunday. 

Grazen’s Hope Improves To 2-for-2

     Grazen’s Hope, who scored a 24-1 upset in his career debut, won his second start Sunday at Golden Gate Fields as a strong favorite.
     Grazen’s Hope paid $51.20 after he led from start to finish in a six-furlong maiden allowance race on Dec. 28.  Sent off at odds of 7-5 in Sunday’s one-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds, Grazen’s Hope returned $4.80 after defeating Terrys Tom Cat by 
1 3/4 lengths.

Beast Of Bourbon Hits Hard At Golden Gate Fields

     Beast of Bourbon poured it on in the final furlong of Saturday’s $31,105 feature race at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Beast of Bourbon came from off the pace to win the
1 1/16-mile allowance test for older horses by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:44.51.  Code of Conduct took second by three-quarters of a length over Little Jerry.

Specht And Alvarado Take Road Trip To Santa Anita For Sunshine Millions California Cup Day

Steve Specht and Frank Alvarado, a potent trainer-jockey combination in Northern California for many years, take their act on the road Saturday to compete in the Sunshine Millions California Cup Day program at Santa Anita. 
     Alvarado will ride the following Specht-trained runners: Marks Mine (9-2 on the morning line) in the $125,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint; Alasharchy (6-1) in the $200,000 California Cup Oaks; and Unusual Meeting (20-1) in the $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic.