Racing News

Final Week Of Golden Gate Fields’ Winter/Spring Meeting Begins Thursday

     The final week of the 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields will feature a seven-race program Thursday, an eight-race card Friday, and 10-race programs Saturday and Sunday.  Post time all four days is 12:45 p.m.

     Closing-weekend highlights include the $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes and the 2013 Wiener Nationals on Saturday, and a Dollar Day Program on Sunday that will include a “Jockey Meet & Greet” and a free concert by Tainted Love.

Baffert’s Surfcup Wins $100,000 Silky Sullivan In Front Of 10,009

     “As advertised,” said jockey Russell Baze after guiding 4-5 favorite Surfcup to a front-running victory in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes Sunday at Golden Gate Fields in front of a crowd of 10,009.

     Surfcup, a 3-year-old colt trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, improved to 3-for-3 on turf after winning the one-mile Silky Sullivan by a length over 6-5 second choice Gervinho.  Tebows Big Play, the third choice at 8-1, finished third to complete a chalky $1 trifecta that paid $8.70.

Baffert’s Surfcup Is Even Money Favorite In $100,000 Silky Sullivan

    Trainer Bob Baffert’s colt Surfcup has won a $300,000 stakes, is 2-for-2 on turf, and has earned $275,800 in just six starts.  Thus, it’s no surprise Surfcup is the even-money favorite on the morning line for Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

    The Silky Sullivan is a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds bred or sired in California.  The feature attracted a field seven and Surfcup will break from post position six under jockey Russell Baze.

Early Opening At Golden Gate Fields Saturday For Belmont Simulcasts

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 9 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes Day program from Belmont Park in New York.

     Belmont Park races two through 13 will be simulcast and post time for the second race is 9:07 a.m.  Post time for the $1 million Belmont Stakes, race 11, is 3:36 p.m.  

Baffert’s Surfcup In $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes; Sherman Saddles Four Winners

     Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert may be skipping Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park but he’s not skipping Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields

     Baffert’s bay colt Surfcup, winner of the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, heads of a field of seven in the Silky Sullivan, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds bred or sired in California.

Belmont Stakes Simulcast Saturday; Silky Sullivan Stakes Sunday

     The simulcast of the $1 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday and the running of the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes on Sunday will highlight the action at Golden Gate Fields this week.

     Racing gets started Thursday with a seven-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields will open at 9 a.m. Saturday to accommodate fans wishing to play the undercard races on the Belmont Stakes Day program at Belmont Park in New York    

Ruby Pumps Scores Upset On Turf

     Ruby Pumps, the fourth wagering choice in a field of five, scored the upset in the $34,612 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Ruby Pumps defeated fellow outsider Cathy’s Crunches by three-quarters of a length in the 1 1/16-mile allowance race for fillies and mares.  Plaza de Indias finished third, a neck behind Cathy’s Crunches.

     Sister Kate, the heavy 3-5 favorite, and Freedom Reigns, the 5-2 second choice, finished fourth and last, respectively.

Unusual Way Dominates In $100,000 Campanile Stakes

     Unusual Way, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, posted an impressive front-running victory in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Making her turf debut, Unusual Way won the one-mile race for California-bred
3-year-old fillies by 2 1/4 lengths over stretch-running Qiaona in 1:36.81.  Life Is a Stone finished third.

Baze Goes Back-To-Back Friday; Rides Favorite In $100,000 Stakes Saturday

     Jockey Russell Baze, who will ride 7-5 morning line favorite Unusual Way in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, kicked off his weekend by riding a pair of winners Friday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze scored his victories in back-to-back races, taking the fifth with New Centurion ($4.60) and the sixth with Romance Is Sosa ($4.00).

California Fillies Featured In $100,000 Campanile

     Seven 3-year-old fillies, bred or sired in the Golden State, will match strides over a mile on the turf Saturday in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.