Racing News

Apprentice Gonzalez Wins Three Races

     Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez, who had a riding double last week, recorded his first riding hat trick Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
     A promising 18-year-old graduate of the Frank Garza Jockey School, Gonzalez won with his first three mounts before losing his perfect game in the seventh and final race when he was unseated at the start by his stumbling mount Pelito.  Gonzalez was uninjured and quickly back on his feet while Pelito chased the field around the turf course.

Hernandez Tied Atop Standings After Riding Triple

     Juan Hernandez moved into a tie with Russell Baze for the top spot in the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings by riding three winners Thursday.
     Hernandez had four mounts on the seven-race card and won with Silver Terrace ($15.20) in the first race, Mahogany Ridge ($7.40) in the third, and Zoe’s Baba ($8.80) in the sixth.  Hernandez’ other mount was Higher Mountains, who finished second in the fourth race.

Extended Racing Week Begins With $31,844 Carryover In Pick 5

     A carryover of $31,844 in the 50-cent Pick 5 will be the focus of handicappers Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when the track begins a five-day racing week that will culminate with a special Labor Day card Monday. 

Feature Race Win Completes Hat Trick For Terrero

Jockey Pedro Terrero completed a riding hat trick when he guided 12-1 longshot Kitty Marie to a front-running victory in the $35,057 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
     Kitty Marie broke from post position one and was sent straight to the lead by Terrero.  Sporting blinkers for the first time, Kitty Marie set the pace comfortably and then spurted away from her rivals at the top of the stretch.

Malibu Rum Notches 11th Win; Hollendorfer Wins Test Stakes At Saratoga

The 6-year-old gelding Malibu Rum notched his 11th career victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he bested four rivals in the $33,046 sprint feature.
    Malibu Rum, ridden by Dennis Carr, pressed pacesetter Schilling from the start before commandeering the lead a furlong from the finish.  Malibu Rum held off Zehner’s Zenna to the wire to win the six-furlong allowance race by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:10.75.

Red Rachel Extends California Winning Streak

     Red Rachel kept her California racing record perfect with an impressive victory in the $29,906 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday evening.
     Since finishing second in her career debut in Arizona last year, Red Rachel has won three straight races while racing at three different tracks in the Golden State and on three different racing surfaces. 

Apprentice Gonzalez, Jockey Frey Post Back-To-Back Wins

     Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez and jockey Kyle Frey both scored back-to-back victories on Thursday’s seven-race program at Golden Gate Fields.
     Gonzalez won the third race with Billie’s Bling, who defeated even-money favorite Ya Wanna Hug by a half-length in the 5 1/2-furlong dash for fillies and mares. 

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.