Racing News

Halo Dolly Favored To Defend Title In Miss America

Defending champion Halo Dolly is a 9-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the $50,000-added Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     The Miss America is a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.  Halo Dolly won the 2012 running by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Russell Baze, who will be back aboard the 
5-year-old mare Saturday. 

Sherman Saddles Three Winners On Opening Day

Steve Sherman, who tied for second in the trainer standings at Golden Gate Fields’ summer meeting with nine victories, saddled three winners Thursday when the track opened its 36-day fall season.
     Sherman won the first race of the meeting with Cherry On the Cake ($2.60), the fifth race with Bardy ($4.80), and the seventh and final race with Golden Mexico ($4.40).  All three horses were favored in the betting.

Golden Gate Fields’ Fall Season Opens Thursday

     Golden Gate Fields’ fall racing season, a 36-day affair that features the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes and the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap as the marquee events on its stakes schedule, begins Thursday with a seven-race program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.  
    The fall meeting runs through Sunday, Dec. 15, and racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.  There will be a special Monday program on 
Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. 

Golden Gate Fields Will Open Fall Meeting With Perennial Champ Baze Benched By Suspensions

     Jockey Russell Baze, owner of 46 riding championships at Golden Gate Fields, will miss six of the first nine days of racing at the track’s fall meeting due to suspensions.  
     The 36-day fall season begins Thursday and Baze will miss the opener as well as the racing programs on Oct. 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31.  Baze’s benching is due to a pair of suspensions he received for infractions committed at the Big Fresno Fair.

Pair Of $100,000 Stakes Will Highlight Fall Racing At Golden Gate Fields

     The $100,000 Pike Place Dancer and the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap highlight the stakes schedule for the 2013 fall racing season at Golden Gate Fields.  The 36-day meeting opens Thursday, Oct. 17, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 15.
     Racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule and post time is 12:45 p.m. with three exceptions.

Northern California Thoroughbred Showcase Will Be Held October 12 At Golden Gate Fields

     The first Off The Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) Showcase in California will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, in the barn area at Golden Gate Fields.
     The Golden Gate Fields Aftercare Program and CANTER California are partnering on the event, which will include a racehorse retraining seminar and a tour of the stables. 

Closing-Day Riding Double Caps Title Campaign For Baze

     A riding double on Sunday’s closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields capped another title-winning campaign for Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze. 
     Baze, who won three races both Friday and Saturday, finished the 19-day summer meeting with 26 victories and earned his 46th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.  

Baze Takes Big Stride Toward Title With Another Riding Triple

Russell Baze, who rode three winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields, came back with another riding hat trick Saturday to open up a six-win advantage in the jockey standings heading into the final day of the summer meeting.
    Baze leads Juan Hernandez 24-18 going into Sunday’s 10-race finale and both jockeys are scheduled to ride seven horses.  

Baze Increases Lead In Jockey Standings

     Russell Baze increased his lead over Juan Hernandez in the jockey standings by winning three races Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Baze leads Hernandez, who rode one winner, 21-18 with two days remaining at the summer meeting.  
     Baze has an excellent opportunity to put the race for leading rider honors away Saturday since Hernandez will be at Fairplex Park in Pomona to ride City by the Bay in the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes.  

Baze Leads Hernandez 18-17 With Three Days Remaining At Summer Meeting

Golden Gate Fields concludes its 19-day summer meeting this weekend with an eight-race card Friday, a nine-race program Saturday and a 10-race finale Sunday.  
     Post time is 1:15 p.m. each day and the final three cards feature large and competitive fields.  Sixty-eight horses were entered for Friday’s program, 88 for Saturday, and 102 for Sunday.