Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Will Present Thanksgiving Day Card Thursday, Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes Friday

     Golden Gate Fields will open all gates at 9:30 a.m. Thursday for its special Thanksgiving Day program.  Post time for the eight-race card is 11:15 a.m.

     The early post time will allow the track to complete the holiday program by approximately 2:45 p.m., giving fans plenty of time to get home for the Thanksgiving Day feast.

Gladding Installed 7-5 Favorite In $100,000 All American Stakes

     Gladding, a Grade 2 stakes-winner from the powerful John Sadler barn, has been made the morning-line favorite in the $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     A Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds and up and the premier event of the fall meeting, the All American will be run Friday.  Golden Gate Fields price maker Steve Martinelli made Gladding the 7-5 favorite in a field of seven.

All American Field Includes Four Multiple Stakes-Winners

     The Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields has attracted a field of seven and the strong lineup includes multiple stakes-winners Gladding, Positive Response, Hudson Landing and Control Seeker.

     The All American will be run Friday when Golden Gate Fields presents a special “Day-After-Thanksgiving” racing program that begins at 12:45 p.m.   The All American, the seventh race on a nine-race card, will be run at 3:45 p.m.

Ultimate Eagle Among 20 Nominees To $100,000 All American

      Ultimate Eagle, who opened the year with a 7 1/4-lenth victory in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, is one of the 20 horses nominated to the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The $100,000 All American will be run Friday and headline a special day-after-Thanksgiving card at Golden Gate Fields.  Entries for the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up will be taken Saturday morning.

Golden Gate Fields Offering Free Admission Sunday To Fans Participating In Holiday Canned Food Drive

     Fans can gain free entry to Golden Gate Fields Sunday by participating in the track’s holiday canned food drive.
     Patrons that bring a canned food item to Golden Gate Fields will be offered their choice of either free general admission or free club house admission.  Gates open at
10 a.m. and post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.

Dixico Battles Back To Win Feature

     Dixico fought back after losing the lead to They Call Him El in the stretch and earned a photo finish victory over the 6-5 favorite in the $31,240 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Dixico, rated nicely on the lead by jockey Kerwin John, defeated They Call Him El and jockey Russell Baze by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.  Trained by Steve Specht, Dixico recorded a time of 1:45.31 and paid $13.80 as the fourth wagering choice in a field of seven.

Outside Nashville Impressive In Winning Golden Nugget Stakes

     Outside Nashville pulled away from pacesetter Strong Wind down the stretch and scored an impressive 4 1/2-length victory in the $54,200 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Outside Nashville, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Dennis Carr, won the six-furlong feature for 2-year-olds in a quick 1:09.54.  Zeewat, another colt trained by Hollendorfer, finished third, three-quarters of a length behind Strong Wind.

Feature Race Victory Caps 4-For-5 Day For Baze

     A hard-fought victory aboard My Best Bet in the $31,520 allowance feature capped a four-win afternoon for jockey Russell Baze at Golden Gate Fields Friday.  

     Baze, who had two of his mounts scratched from the eight-race program, went 4-for-5 on the day.  The Hall of Famer won the first race with Gypsy Spirit ($5.20), the second with For Sure for Sure ($5.40), the fourth with Mahogany Ridge ($3.60), and the seventh with My Best Bet ($6.00).

Friday Feature Is Prep For Gold Rush Stakes

     Possible candidates for the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes will be in action Friday at Golden Gate Fields in the seventh race, a one-mile allowance test for 2-year-olds.

     The Gold Rush will be run Saturday, Dec. 8, and the top finishers in Friday’s main event will likely be pointed to the one-mile stakes.   First post Friday is 12:45 p.m., and post time for the seventh race is 3:52 p.m.

Strong Wind Heads Cast Of Six In Golden Nugget Stakes

     Strong Wind, a romping winner of the $100,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, heads a cast of six 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Golden Nugget will be decided at six furlongs and is the featured third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the Golden Nugget is 1:45 p.m.