Racing News

17 Runners Nominated To Berkeley Handicap

     Seventeen horses, including five multiple stakes-winners, have been nominated to the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
     The main event of the fall meeting, the Berkeley will be run Friday, Nov. 29.  Fans attending the “Black Friday” card will have the chance to win a 42-inch high-definition television as track officials will raffle off one television after each of the nine races on the program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

Classy Halo Dolly Wins Turf Feature

     The classy mare Halo Dolly, taking a break from stakes competition, charged from fourth in a field of five to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $42,364 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
     Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Russell Baze, Halo Dolly beat Luscious Lonna and Lady Aspen to the wire in the one-mile turf race for fillies and mares.  Luscious Lonna took second by a neck over Lady Aspen, a stablemate of Halo Dolly in the Hollendorfer barn.

Gallant Son Romps In Oakland Stakes

     The 7-year-old horse Gallant Son collected his eighth career stakes victory Saturday when he humbled eight opponents in the $50,850 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
     Always within striking distance while racing behind dueling leaders Moonshine Bay, Ain’t No Other and Coach Bob, Gallant Son shot through an opening along the rail entering the stretch and went on to win the six-furlong feature by 2 1/2 lengths.  

Ain’t No Other Is 5-2 Favorite In Oakland Stakes

     Ain’t No Other, who finished second as the 5-2 favorite in the $101,250 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 19, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $50,000-added Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
     The Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, is the featured seventh race on a nine-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oakland is 3:50 p.m.

Abbreviated Racing Week Begins With Carryover In Pick Six

     An abbreviated racing week at Golden Gate Fields gets started Friday with a carryover of $32,636 in the Pick Six.   Post time Friday, Saturday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m.
     Friday’s carryover is the result of no one coming up with a perfect Pick Six ticket over the Veteran’s Day holiday weekend.  Handicappers that had five of the six winners on Veteran’s Day received a consolation payoff of $652.80.

10 Talented Sprinters Entered In Oakland Stakes

     Ten hard-hitting sprinters, including multiple stakes-winners Gallant Son and Ain’t No Other, are signed up for the $50,000-added Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. 
     The Oakland, a six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up, will be run Saturday and is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the Oakland is 3:45 p.m.

Special Veteran’s Day Racing Monday; Memorial Services Thursday For Qvale

      Golden Gate Fields will present a special Veteran’s Day racing program Monday.  Post time for the seven-card card is 12:45 p.m.
      Jockey Russell Baze tuned up for the holiday program by riding three straight winners Sunday.  Baze recorded a “natural” riding hat trick when he took the fourth race with Unbridled Bounty ($3.60), the fifth with Quick Glory ($7.80), and the sixth with Stop the Clock ($6.00).

Exit Stage Left Makes Winning Debut In Golden Nugget Stakes

     Exit Stage Left overcame some adversity to win the $53,350 Golden Nugget Stakes in his career debut Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Exit Stage Left, ridden by Russell Baze, was racing with the leaders when he suddenly propped and dropped back midway around the turn.  Exit Stage Left quickly got back in stride and rallied down the stretch to win the six-furlong feature for 2-year-olds by a neck over 18-1 long shot Unusual Americaine and Miss Success in a blanket finish.

Schilling Wires Rivals In Turf Debut

     Trainer William E. Morey scratched 6-5 morning-line favorite Positive Response from Friday’s $44,200 feature race at Golden Gate Fields but still ended up in the winner’s circle thanks to Schilling, who made a dazzling turf debut.
     Positive Response, a multiple stakes-winner of $390,333, was declared from the one-mile allowance race Friday morning due to an injury.  

Positive Response In Action Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Positive Response, disqualified from victory in the $75,000 Bull Dog Handicap at the Big Fresno Fair, figures to be heavily favored Friday when he faces four rivals in the $34,000 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.
     Positive Response crossed the wire one length in front of runner-up Fire With Fire in the 1 1/8-mile Bull Dog but bumped fourth-place finisher Hudson Landing in the stretch during his “winning” rally.