Racing News

Racing Week Begins With Carryover In Pick Six

     The second week of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields gets underway Thursday with a $7,670 carryover in the Pick Six.  Post time is 1:15 p.m.
     There are seven races Thursday and the Pick Six will be held on races two through seven.  Post time for the second race is 1:45 p.m.

El Gran Matador Completes Multi-Track Hat Trick In Front Of 11,291

     El Gran Matador completed a multi-track hat trick Sunday when he scored a decisive victory in the third race at Golden Gate Fields in front of an enthusiastic Fiesta Hispana Day crowd of 11,291.

Skyribbon Improves To 2-For-2 On Golden Gate Fields Turf

     Skyribbon likes grass.
     A 5-year-old gelding, Skyribbon first tried grass last spring at Golden Gate Fields and scored a wire-to-wire victory in a one-mile allowance.  Proving his turf debut was no fluke, Skyribbon posted a front-running win on the lawn Saturday in the $32,945 feature.
     Skyribbon was tenacious Saturday as he turned back a strong challenge from King Kelly to triumph by a half-length.  Administer finished third.

Trainer Monroe Sends Out Two Longshot Winners On Opening Day

Trainer Sherrie Monroe, who had two victories in all of 2012, won two races in a span of an hour Friday and provided some pari-mutuel fireworks on opening day of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields. 

Jockey Hernandez Enters Summer Meeting At Golden Gate Fields On A Roll

Golden Gate Fields opens its 2013 summer meeting Friday and nobody is heading into the 19-day season with more momentum than jockey Juan Hernandez.
     Hernandez not only edged Hall of Famer Russell Baze for the riding championship at the recent Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, he captured four of the six stakes races presented at the 13-day meeting in the wine country.

Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday, August 16

          Live thoroughbred racing returns to Golden Gate Fields Friday when the East Bay track opens its 2013 summer meeting, a 19-day affair that runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.
     Post time opening day – as well as Friday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 30 – is 3:45 p.m.  Post time all other days is 1:15 p.m. and the weekly breakdown of the racing schedule is as follows:

Champion Baze Has Riding Hat Trick On Closing Day

     Putting the finishing touches on another title-winning campaign, jockey Russell Baze rode three winners on Sunday’s closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Baze won 172 races during the 101-day winter/spring meeting to collect his 45th riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.  Dennis Carr finished second in the jockey standings with 105 victories and Juan Hernandez was third with 75.

Skydreamin Wins Lost In The Fog In Blanket Finish

     Skydreamin got up in the final strides to win the $55,100 Lost in the Fog Stakes over Tupelo Cush and Olympic Jumble in a blanket finish Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Making the first start of his career, Skydreamin won the five-furlong feature for
2-year-olds by a head over Tupelo Cush in 1:00.64.  Tupelo Cush edged 6-5 favorite Olympic Jumble by a nose for second. 

Olympic Jumble 7-5 Favorite In Lost In The Fog

     Olympic Jumble, a romping winner in his career debut, is the 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $50,000-added Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Lost in the Fog, a five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds, is the third race on a 10-race program and will be run at approximately 1:47 p.m.  Post time for the first race is
12:45 p.m.

Longtime California Trainer Ross Brinson Passes At 101

     Longtime California trainer Ross Brinson, who created a quite a buzz in the Bay Area in 1983 with his gray colt Billy Ball, died Thursday morning at a home for the elderly in Lakewood, Calif.  Mr. Brinson was 101. 

     Born in Dardanelle, Arkansas, Brinson was raised in Arizona and rode Quarter Horses in match races as a youth.  His training career began in 1932 when he bought his first thoroughbred at the California State Fair and continued into the mid-1990s.