Racing News

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.

Positive Response Gets Positive Result In Rolling Green Stakes

     Positive Response, enjoying a perfect trip under jockey Russell Baze, posted a one-length victory in the $53,600 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday. 
    Positive Response raced right outside of pacesetter Hudson Landing, who was allowed to gallop through slow fractions of :50.00 for the opening-half mile and 1:14.40 for the first three-quarters of a mile in the 1 1/16-mile turf race. 

Hudson Landing 2-1 Favorite In Rolling Green Stakes

Hudson Landing, a winner of three stakes in 2012, is favored to collect his first stakes win of 2013 in the $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
     The Rolling Green, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, is the main event on a special Labor Day racing card.   Post time is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the nine-race holiday program will enjoy great bargains – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.

Baze Ends Mini Slump With Triple; Sanchez Injured In Spill

     Jockey Russell Baze, who failed to reach the winner’s circle Thursday and Friday while riding nine horses, broke out of his mini slump Saturday by riding three winners at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Baze swept the opening Daily Double, winning the first race with C C’s Diamond ($6.80) and the second with Avare ($4.80).  Baze completed his hat trick in the fifth race when he scored with Star Student ($7.80).