Racing News

Victory Drought Ends For Floating Feather

Winless in 12 races in 2013, Floating Feather made his first start of 2014 Thursday at Golden Gate Fields and earned a hard-fought victory in the $38,565 sprint feature.
     Floating Feather, responding to steady left-handed urging from jockey Russell Baze, outran his five rivals down the lane to win the six-furlong allowance race for older horses by 1 1/4 lengths. 

California Derby Nominations Due Thursday

     Nominations for the $100,000 California Derby, which will be run Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, are due Thursday.
     Horsemen have until midnight to make their 3-year-olds eligible for the 1 1/16-mile California Derby, which serves as a prep for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.  An official Kentucky Derby prep, the 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby will be run Feb. 15 at Golden Gate Fields.

King Kelly Posts Upset In Turf Feature

     King Kelly rallied between horses in the stretch and got up to win the $43,820 turf feature by three-quarters of a length Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Receiving a fine ride from veteran jockey Isaias Enriquez, King Kelly edged Pepnic and jockey Alejandro Gomez for the victory while completing a mile on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:37.36.  Dreamy Kid, ridden by Juan Hernandez, finished third, a neck behind Pepnic.

Services To Be Held Friday For Former Trainer Eldwin ‘Tex’ Burch

     A memorial service for former trainer Eldwin "Tex" Burch will be held in Fresno on Friday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Light (1620 W. Belmont, Fresno, CA, 93728).  
     Mr. Burch, 78, died at his home in Fresno, with family and friends at his side, on 

Eagle Screams Scores Front-Running Upset

Eagle Screams, the longest shot on the tote board at 12-1, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $36,871 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Rating nicely on the lead for jockey Inoel Beato, Eagle Screams stole the one-mile race when he was able to get away with an opening half-mile in 50.25 and six furlongs in 1:14.06 without any pressure. 
     The soft factions left Eagle Screams with plenty of energy for the stretch run and the 

My Gal Candy Starts 2014 Campaign With Win

     My Gal Candy, 0-for-3 in 2013, kicked off her 2014 racing campaign with a victory in the $24,105 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
     Ridden by Russell Baze, who had scored with just three of his previous 39 mounts at the winter-spring meeting, My Gal Candy charged from fourth in a field of six to win the six-furlong race for fillies and mares by 1 1/4 lengths over 3-2 favorite Esperanza Latina.       
Prima Gianna finished third.

The New York Times Wins Eclipse Award for Multi-Media Presentation on Jockey Russell Baze

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) announced today that The New York Times has won the 2013 Media Eclipse Award in the Audio/Multi-Media Internet category for “The Jockey,” an in depth profile of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, which appeared on the Times’ website on August 13, 2013.  

Slumping Baze Loaded With Favorites Friday

     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze will be looking to break out of a slump Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he competes in all seven races on the card.  
     Baze, who is 3-for-38 through six days of racing at the winter-spring meeting, has the call on five morning-line favorites.  His two mounts that aren’t favored are the second choices on the morning line.

Unusual Meeting Wins Three-Horse Photo On New Year’s Day

     Unusual Meeting out-kicked fellow stretch-runners Bardy and El Dorado Prado in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $35,790 New Year’s Day feature in a three-horse photo finish Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Unusual Meeting, ridden by Frank Alvarado, captured the one-mile allowance race on the turf by a neck.  Bardy, with William Antongeorgi III up, took second by a nostril over El Dorado Prado and jockey Dennis Carr.

Upsets In Pick 5 Races Set Up New Year’s Day Carryover

     No favorites came through in the first five races at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and the result is a nice Pick 5 carryover of $44,626 for Wednesday’s special New Year’s Day racing program.
     Post time for the nine-race holiday program, which will kick off a five-day racing week at Golden Gate Fields, is 12:45 p.m.