Racing News

Trainer Gets First Career Win On Opening Day At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields kicked off its 2011 summer meeting Friday and nobody enjoyed the opener more than Natalie Houle, who earned her first training victory when Hey Maria charged down the middle of the track to capture the fourth race.

     Hey Maria, ridden by Cristobal Herrera, ran down She’s All Yours and 3-to-2 favorite Just Tappin It to win the six-furlong race for fillies and mares by three-quarters of a length.  Hey Maria paid $9.20.

Golden Gate Fields Launches 22-Day Summer Meeting Friday

     Golden Gate Fields will launch its 22-day summer horse racing meet Friday with an eight-race program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.  
 
     The summer season will feature three-day racing weeks with action every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Oct. 2.  There will also be a special Labor Day racing card on Monday, Sept. 5, when fans will receive a free Golden Gate Fields fleece blanket.

Golden Gate Fields Promotion Schedule Loaded For 22-Day Summer Meeting

      Golden Gate Fields will present live thoroughbred racing on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule during its upcoming 22-day summer season and a promotion is slated for every day of the meeting.

      The 2011 summer session opens Friday, Aug. 19, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 2.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

Bet The Summer Fairs At Golden Gate Fields

     Fans at Golden Gate Fields can watch and wager via simulcast on all the action from the Northern California summer fair circuit, which began with the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton on June 16 and continues through Aug. 21, closing day of the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale.

2011 Alameda County Fair Meeting At Pleasanton Runs Through July 10

     Fans at Golden Gate Fields can watch and wager via simulcast on all the action from the stakes-stuffed Alameda County Fair meeting at Pleasanton.  The 13-day session runs from Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, July 10, and will feature six $50,000-added stakes for thoroughbreds.

    Racing at Pleasanton will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule, with a special holiday program on Monday, July 4.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. throughout the meeting.

Jockey Krigger Shines On Closing Weekend At GGF

     Golden Gate Fields concluded its 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting Sunday, much to the dismay of jockey Kevin Krigger, who likely wishes the season was just beginning.

     Krigger was the star of closing weekend at Golden Gate Fields, winning three races Saturday and three more Sunday.  Krigger’s riding hat trick on Saturday included a victory in the $53,300 Lost in the Fog Stakes with the speedy 2-year-old filly City Route.

Speedy Filly City Route Can’t Be Caught In Lost In The Fog

     “She’s pretty fast” is how jockey Kevin Krigger succinctly described City Route after guiding the 2-year-old filly to a front-running victory in the $50,300 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Early Opening At GGF For Belmont Simulcast, Lost in the Fog Stakes, Wine Festival

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a big day of racing that will feature the simulcast of the entire Belmont Stakes Day card from Belmont Park in New York, a 10-race local program that is headlined by the Lost in the Fog Stakes, and a wine festival.

Brooklyn Handicap-Belmont Stakes Double Betting Offered Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will offer fans the opportunity to wager on the Brooklyn Handicap-Belmont Stakes Double Friday.

     The $2 bet challenges bettors to correctly select the winners of Friday’s $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap and Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York.

     Post time for the Grade 2 Brooklyn, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, is