Racing News

Sienna Sky Wins Sprint Feature, Krigger Has Riding Hat Trick

     Sienna Sky, responding to a strong ride from jockey Kevin Krigger, scored a game victory in the $35,332 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

    Sienna Sky battled on the lead throughout the six-furlong contest for fillies and mares and dug in tenaciously down the stretch to defeat Upstairs Maid by three-quarters of a length.  Trapper’s Bounty, the 2-to-1 favorite, finished third.

Hollendorfer Wins California Cup Race With 2-Year-Old Colt Rousing Sermon

     Jerry Hollendorfer, the Northern California-based Hall of Fame trainer, won the $100,000 Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday with Rousing Sermon.

     Rousing Sermon charged from sixth in a field of nine to win the 1 1/16-mile race for
2-year-olds by 2 1/4 lengths over Motown Man.  Rousing Sermon was making his race around two turns after running five furlongs, 5 1/2 furlongs, and six furlongs in his first three starts.

Bleach Blonde Edges Lady Railrider At GGF

     Bleach Blonde edged 6-to-5 favorite Lady Railrider by a head after a long stretch duel to capture the $47,120 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Bleach Blonde, receiving a strong ride from Kevin Krigger, came from just off the pace to win the 1 1/16-mile allowance contest for fillies and mares in 1:46.35.  Lady Railrider, under jockey Frank Alvarado, easily took second by five lengths over pacesetter Sis’s Sis.

Halloween Family Day This Sunday

Looking for a Halloween party that's sure to be one of the more entertaining events in San Francisco yet is still calm enough to be one of the more unique things to do in San Francisco with kids? On Sunday, October 30, Golden Gate Fields will become Ghostly Gate Fields, combining some of the most exciting horse races in California with costumed revelry as part of Halloween Family Day.

A day at the horse races with Golden Gate Fields will feature all the costumes, tricks and plenty of treats that one would expect when looking for things to do in San Francisco with kids.

Sherman Winners Return Nice Dividends At Golden Gate Fields

     Trainer Steve Sherman sent out a pair of winners at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and both rewarded their backers with nice payoffs.

     Sherman saddled the exacta in the sixth race when his 7-year-old gelding Wild Cycle defeated his 5-year-old gelding Dave’s Pacemaker by 1 1/4 lengths in a six-furlong sprint for $4,000 claimers.  Wild Cycle paid $8.60 as the 3-to-1 second choice in the wagering after upsetting stablemate Dave’s Pacemaker, the even-money favorite.  The $1 Sherman exacta paid $12.50.

Jockey Lopez Gets 1,000th U.S. Win Aboard Sourdough Sam In Oakland Stakes

     Jockey David Lopez recorded his 1,000th victory in the U.S. in dramatic fashion Saturday when he rallied Sourdough Sam from last to first in the $65,280 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Sourdough Sam, a stretch-running son of Decarchy, mowed down 4-to-5 favorite Shudacudawudya in the final yards to win the six-furlong Oakland by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.68.  Starboardlights, who contested a hot early pace with Tribesman, hung on for third in a good effort.

Gryder Celebrates Opening Day At Golden Gate Fields With Four Wins

    Jockey Aaron Gryder, who took leading rider honors at the 2011 summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields, got off to a great start at the track’s 2011 fall meeting by riding four winners Thursday.