Racing News

DESPITE HUNCH PLAY, PURIMS FAITH TRIGGERS PICK 5 CARRYOVER OF $29K INTO FRIDAY

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – Purims Faith, one of three uncovered runners, posted a 16-1 upset in Thursday’s fifth race to generate a Pick 5 carryover $29,280.46 into Friday.
 
Coincidentally, observance of Purim – a holiday celebrating the rescue of the Jewish people from Persian vizier Haman – began last night and concludes tonight at sunset. 
 

MICHAEL WRONA NAMED SANTA ANITA TRACK ANNOUNCER

Arcadia, CA (March 24, 2016) - Michael Wrona, the colorful and seasoned Australian race caller, has been named the full-time track announcer at Santa Anita Park.  A 49-year-old native of Queensland, Australia, Wrona began his announcing career at age 17 in his homeland.  He has spent 25 years in the United States and has been the voice of Golden Gate Fields for the last decade.  
 

GOLDEN GATE TO OPEN EARLY SATURDAY, OFFER ADVANCED WAGERING FRIDAY FOR DUBAI WORLD CUP

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields will open early Saturday, allowing racing fans to watch and wager on the Group 1, $10 million Dubai World Cup featuring California Chrome.
 
General Admission and the Clubhouse will open at 9:30 a.m. Post time for the Dubai World Cup is scheduled for 10 a.m. The Turf Club will open at its usual time, 11 a.m.
 

MINKS APRISE MAKES WINNING RETURN TO GOLDEN GATE IN CAMILLA URSO

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – Minks Aprise regained the winning thread in her return to the Bay Area, making a strong rally down the center of the track to capture the $55,375 Camilla Urso Stakes for fillies and mares on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 

FAST AND FOXY THE RESULT OF LONGTIME PARTNERSHIP

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016

HOLLENDORFER HAS THREE FOR CAMILLA URSO

THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out half of the expected starters in the $50,000 Camilla Urso on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. 
 
The six-furlong Camilla Urso for fillies and mares was carded as the seventh race and is scheduled for 3:55 p.m. The race attracted seven entries, but Amaranth, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, is expected to run in the Grade 3 Las Flores on Sunday at Santa Anita. 
 

JOCKEY SHAWN SPIKES WINS FIRST RACE

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – Jockey Shawn Spikes won his first race Sunday when he guided Game Seeker to a victory in race 1 at Golden Gate Fields. 
 

PRECIOUS TIME REPEATS IN SATURDAY FEATURE

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – Precious Time picked up her second allowance win in as many starts by overhauling Implicated and holding off Estellara to win the $32,571 entry-level feature Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 

WILLIAM MAHORNEY, FORMER TOP RIDER AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS, PASSES AWAY AT 75

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2016
 
ALBANY, CALIF. – William Mahorney, the leading rider at Golden Gate Fields in 1975, died Thursday after contracting pneumonia. He was 75.
 
Mahorney was born Oct. 22, 1940 in Washington, D.C. He was introduced to horse racing by his father, James Mahorney, who was a bookmaker.