Racing News

Undefeated Fillies Will Meet Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race card Friday and nine-race programs Saturday and Sunday.  Post time all three days is 12:45 p.m.

     The race of the weekend could be Saturday’s first race, a six-furlong allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies that attracted the undefeated runners Miss American Pie and Hollanita.

Gallant Son Charges To Win In Albany Stakes

     The 7-year-old horse Gallant Son added a Golden Gate Fields stakes win to his stakes portfolio Monday when he charged from off the pace to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $50,450 Albany Stakes.

     Ridden for the first time by French jockey Julien Couton, Gallant Son came from seventh in a field of nine to win the six-furlong sprint for older horses in a very impressive 1:09.18.  Moonshine Bay took second by three-quarters of a length over Shrug.

Bailouttheminister Favored In Monday’s Albany Stakes

     Bailouttheminister, who has won his last three starts at six furlongs, heads a field of nine hard-hitting sprinters in the $50,000-added Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

     Post time for the special Presidents’ Day racing program is 12:45 p.m. and Golden  Gate Fields is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.

Dice Flavor Rallies To Win El Camino Real Derby

     Dice Flavor, making his stakes debut and his first start on a surface other than turf, rallied from eighth in a field of nine to win the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby by 3 3/4 lengths Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Dice Flavor charged through an opening in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds in 1:51.45 on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.  Dismissed at odds of 9-1, Dice Flavor paid $21.00.

Manando 9-5 Favorite In $200,000 El Camino Real Derby

     Manando, a $300,000 colt from the Bob Baffert barn, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Entrants In El Camino Real Derby Have Interesting Credentials

     Nine 3-year-olds will meet Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep.  The entrants bring varied credentials into the 1 1/8-mile contest, which will be run at 4:40 p.m. and broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  

     Following are notes on the horses in the El Camino Real Derby field, listed in the order in which they are ranked on the morning line.  

California Derby Champ Zeewat Among Nine Entered In El Camino Real Derby

     California Derby champion Zeewat will face eight rivals, including a pair of runners trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Apprentice Delgadillo Rides First Winner

     Apprentice Jose Delgadillo, riding in his 39th race, recorded the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he guided even-money favorite Seeking the Stitch to an off-the-pace score in the fifth race.

     “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Delgadillo of winning his first race.  “When I passed the wire it was, ‘whew, I finally got it.’  It feels great.”

Redressthebalance Scores 10-1 Upset In California Oaks

     Irish-bred Redressthebalance made her first U.S. victory a memorable one when she rallied from sixth in a field 10 to win the $53,550 California Oaks by a half-length under jubilant jockey Christian Santiago Reyes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Marks Mine Lukewarm 7-2 Favorite In Wide Open California Oaks

     The speedy Marks Mine is a lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite in the $50,000-added California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted a well-matched field of 11.

     Golden Gate Fields is presenting the Oaks as the seventh race on Saturday’s nine-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oaks is 3:50 p.m.