Racing News

McLean Caps Big Opening Week With Training Exacta

     Trainer Bill McLean capped a very successful opening week at Golden Gate Fields by saddling the exacta in Sunday’s second race.
     McLean sent out six starters during the first four days of the fall season and recorded three wins and a second.  “The Mate” did his damage on the turf as all three of his winners triumphed on the Lakeside Course.  

Halo Dolly Bounces Back With Victory In Miss America Stakes

     Halo Dolly bounced back from her rough road trip to New York by scoring an authoritative victory in the $64,300 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Halo Dolly, who finished last in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 29, came back in just three weeks to win the Miss America by
1 3/4 lengths over 41-1 longshot Sweetly Peppered.  

Halo Dolly 8-5 Favorite In Miss America

     Halo Dolly, winner of the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Del Mar, heads a four-filly contingent for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the $50,000-added Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Halo Dolly, the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Miss America, will be joined by stablemates Cathy’s Crunches (12-1), Going for a Spin (12-1) and Sweet Nothings (20-1) in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Specht Runners Finish One-Two In Opening-Day Feature At Golden Gate Fields

     Trainer Steve Specht nailed the exacta in the opening-day feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday when his 4-year-old gelding Photo Shopped defeated his
4-year-old colt Dixico by a neck in a $32,380 allowance contest.

     Photo Shopped, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Frank Alvarado, won the one-mile main event in 1:41.31 and paid $6.80.  Dixico took second by a half-length over Marine Fog, who finished a half-length in front of Simply Sharp in the blanket finish.

Jockey Carr Back From New York For Opening Of Golden Gate Fields Fall Meeting

     New Yorker Dennis Carr, who finished second in the jockey standings at five consecutive Golden Gate Fields meetings from 1998-2000, will be back at the East Bay racetrack Thursday for opening day of the 2012 fall meeting.

    The fall season runs through Sunday, Dec. 16, and racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     Carr has had two prior successful stays in Northern California.  

Golden Gate Fields Open For Simulcast Wagering; East Bay Track Will Open Fall Meeting October 18

     Thoroughbred racing is back on the fair circuit and Golden Gate Fields will simulcast all the action from the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton and the Big Fresno Fair.  The Stockton meet runs from Sept. 20-30 and will be followed by the Big Fresno Fair, which will run from Oct. 4-14.

Baze Wins Four Races On Closing Day To Earn 43rd Career Riding Title At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze won four races on the closing-day card of the summer meeting to earn his 43rd career riding title at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Julien Couton held a 24-23 advantage over Baze in the jockey standings heading into the finale but the Frenchman went 0-for-5 while Baze went 4-for-7 to finish the 17-day meeting with 27 victories.  Baze won the riding championship despite missing two days of the short meeting due to out-of-town engagements.

Couton Enters Closing-Day Card With Lead In Jockey Standings After Riding Two Winners

     Julien Couton rode two winners Saturday at Golden Gate Fields to take   sole possession of first place in the jockey standings with one day remaining at the summer meeting.

     The 17-day summer session concludes with a nine-race card Sunday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. and Couton goes into the finale holding a 24-23 advantage over Russell Baze in the rider standings.

Couton, Baze Each Win To Remain Tied For Top Spot In Jockey Standings

     Julien Couton and Russell Baze both won races Friday at Golden Gate Fields and remain tied for first in the jockey standings heading into the final two days of the summer meeting, which concludes Sunday.

     Couton went 1-for-6 Friday and scored his victory with heavy favorite Curly Girl ($3.20), who won the fourth race at odds of 3-5.  Baze went 1-for-4 and notched his win with first-time starter Mum’s Truckee ($14.60), who rallied down the stretch to win the seventh race at odds of 6-1.

Baze, Couton Tied Atop Jockey Standings Heading Into Final Days Of Summer Meet

     Golden Gate Fields will wrap up its summer meeting with racing programs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. each day and Russell Baze and Julien Couton head into the final three days tied atop the jockey standings with 21 wins apiece.