Racing News

Attendance, Handle Averages Were Up At Golden Gate Fields In 2011

     Golden Gate Fields achieved increases in its on-track attendance and handle averages in 2011, a year in which the East Bay racetrack conducted 157 days of racing compared to 174 in 2010.

     The average daily on-track attendance in 2011 was 2,616, up 8.8 percent from the 2010 figure of 2,403.  The average daily overall attendance (Golden Gate Fields and the Northern California off-track wagering facilities) was up 5.3 percent, from 5,367 in 2010 to 5,650 in 2011.

Meet Announcer Michael Wrona Jan 11 at Tanforan Mall

     Racing fans will have the chance to meet acclaimed Golden Gate Fields announcer, Michael Wrona during a special guest appearance at the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, CA on Wednesday, January 11 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Michael Wrona will be highlighting the upcoming events taking place at Golden Gate Fields like the $100,000 California Derby on Saturday, January 14.

Hollendorfer, Baze Ranked Among Nation’s Leaders In Victories In 2011

     Northern California’s leading men in horse racing, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze, ranked among the nation’s leaders in races won in 2011.

Gryder, Morey Start Their New Year’s Eve Celebrations Early At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Aaron Gryder and trainer William E. Morey started their New Year’s Eve celebrations early Saturday by winning multiple races at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gryder rode four winners, including a pair for Morey, who had a training triple.

     Gryder won the first race with Summers Peace ($3.80), the second with Kilkenny Creek ($4.80), the fifth with Rick the Bartender ($3.60), and the seventh with Via Villaggio ($7.80).

New Head Trainer Trujillo Improves To 2-For-3

     Victor Trujillo, a longtime to assistant to recently-retired trainer Chuck Jenda, is off to a great start as a head trainer.

     Trujillo earned his first training victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields when Floating Feather – just his second starter – won the fourth race over favored Checkinuponyou.  Trujillo came right back to score another win Saturday when his 5-year-old mare Summers Peace led from start to finish in the first race.

Golden Gate Fields Announces Addition Of Overnight Sprint Stakes

     Golden Gate Fields racing secretary David Jerkens announced Friday that an overnight sprint stakes has been added to the stakes schedule for the track’s 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting.

     The $50,000-added Albany, a six-furlong contest for 4-year-olds and up, will be run on Saturday, Jan. 28.  Nominations for the Albany, which will also offer bonus money of up to $15,000 for California-b red runners, close Thursday, Jan. 19.

Trujillo Gets First Training Victory

     Victor Trujillo, saddling just his second horse as a head trainer, earned his first career training victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields when his 3-year-old gelding Floating Feather won the fourth race.

Trainer Chuck Jenda Calls It A Career

     Chuck Jenda, who conditioned Northern California’s first Eclipse Award winner, Brown Bess, has retired from training after a successful 36-year career.

Holiday Racing At GGF Resumes Today

     Holiday racing at Golden Gate Fields resumes Thursday and will continue through Monday, Jan. 2.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

Trainer Sherman Starts New Meet By Saddling Three Winners

     Golden Gate Fields opened its 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting Monday and trainer Steve Sherman was clearly the star of the opening-day program.

    Sherman saddled the winner of the first two races of the 101-day season and completed a training triple when he captured the fourth race.