Racing News

Kentucky Derby Betting Begins Friday At Golden Gate Fields

Advance wagering on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby will be offered all day Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Grandstand and club house gates open at 9 a.m. Friday and the track will simulcast races 4-12 on the Kentucky Oaks program from Churchill Downs in Louisville.  Post time for the first simulcast is 9:05 a.m. and post time for the Kentucky Oaks (race 11) is 2:49 p.m. 
 

Oaks, Derby, Simulcasts Prompt Early Gate Openings At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields, which will simulcast the majority of the Kentucky Oaks card from Churchill Downs Friday and the entire Kentucky Derby card from the Louisville track Saturday, will open admission gates early those days. 
 
     Grandstand and club house gates open at 9 a.m. Friday and the track will simulcast races 4-12 on the Kentucky Oaks program.  Post time for the first simulcast is 9:05 a.m. and post time for the Kentucky Oaks (race 11) is 2:49 p.m. 
 

Victory In Feature Race Caps Riding Hat Trick For Carr

     A come-from-behind victory aboard Heat Du Jour in the $38,445 turf feature completed a riding hat track for jockey Dennis Carr at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. 
 
     Carr rallied Heat Du Jour from ninth in a field of 10 in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race for fillies and mares.  Heat Du Jour charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course to defeat 23-1 longshot Loveintheshadows by a neck.  Loveintheshadows had taken the lead from 25-1 Top Tizzy in deep stretch.
 

Pepper Crown Scores Biggest Upset In San Francisco Mile History

Pepper Crown scored the biggest upset in the 64-year history of the San Francisco Mile when he rallied inside of 6-5 favorite Summer Hit in deep stretch to win Northern California’s top turf race by three-quarters of a length. 
 

McCanna Takes Swing At SF Mile With Recent Claim Pepnic

     Less than a month after spending $62,500 to claim Pepnic, trainer Tim McCanna will start the horse in Northern California’s most prestigious turf race – the 
Grade 3 San Francisco Mile.
 
     The $100,000 stakes highlights a nine-race program Saturday and fans attending Golden Gate Fields will receive a free SF Mile T-shirt.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the SF Mile, the seventh race on the card, is 3:55 p.m.  
 

Summer Hit 8-5 Favorite In San Francisco Mile

     Summer Hit, who came within a neck of winning the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile last year, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s 64th edition of the $100,000 turf stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Summer Hit is a slight favorite over Horizontalyspeakin, the 2-1 second choice in the field of eight.  The other entrants are 8-1 or higher on the morning line.
 

1:45 p.m. Post Time Friday; Eight Entered In Saturday’s $100,000 SF Mile

     Golden Gate Fields will begin an abbreviated three-day racing week Friday and there is a special 1:45 p.m. post time for the eight-race program, which will feature the return of “rolling” Daily Doubles.
 

Afsana Posts Upset In Turf Feature

     Afsana, a 9-1 shot ridden by Frank Alvarado, scored a front-running victory in the $30,855 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.  
 
     Afsana dug in tenaciously down the stretch and just held off Lady of the Nile and jockey Dennis Carr to win the one-mile allowance race for 3-year-old fillies by a head in 1:39.34.  Stop Smiling, the 6-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, finished third.
 

Hudson Landing Sharp In Work For San Francisco Mile

     The 7-year-old gelding Hudson Landing tuned up for the $100,000 San Francisco Mile by working four furlongs in 48 3/5 handily Saturday morning at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     A Grade 3 turf stakes for 3-year-olds and up, the SF Mile will be run next Saturday.  Hudson Landing is one of eight runners already confirmed for Northern California’s top grass race.