Racing News

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. 

Trainer Callaghan, Jockey Hernandez Team Up For Pair Of Wins

     Southern California-based trainer Simon Callaghan ran a pair of British-bred fillies in turf races at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, much to the delight of Bay Area jockey Juan Hernandez.
     Callaghan gave Hernandez the riding assignment on both of his shippers and the talented jockey came through with flying colors.

Marks Mine Dominates In Sprint Feature

     Marks Mine, the 6-5 favorite, made her short price look like an overlay when she dominated five rivals in the $40,225 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Ridden by Frank Alvarado, Marks Mine went straight to the lead at the start and was never headed en route to scoring a three-length victory in the six-furlong allowance race for fillies and mares.  Marks Mine clocked a fine time of 1:09.65.

10-Year-Old Cost Of Freedom Achieves Millionaire Status With Victory

The 10-year-old gelding Cost of Freedom became a millionaire Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he captured the first race, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for $10,000 claimers.
     Cost of Freedom led from start to finish and crossed the wire 3 1/4 lengths in front of even-money favorite Worldly Lad in 1:03.70.  The victory in the $13,000 race was worth $7,800 and boosted Cost of Freedom’s career earnings to $1,007,509.

1:15 p.m. Post Time For Remainder Of Summer Meeting

     Golden Gate Fields, which had been starting its Friday cards at 3:45 p.m., will have a 1:15 p.m. post time this Friday and through the remainder of the summer meeting.
     The final six days of racing at the summer session will be held this Friday through Sunday and the following Friday through Sunday (Sept. 13-15).  Both of the Sunday programs are Dollar Days, with Golden Gate Fields offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.