Racing News

Trainer Monroe Sends Out Two Longshot Winners On Opening Day

Trainer Sherrie Monroe, who had two victories in all of 2012, won two races in a span of an hour Friday and provided some pari-mutuel fireworks on opening day of the summer meeting at Golden Gate Fields. 

Jockey Hernandez Enters Summer Meeting At Golden Gate Fields On A Roll

Golden Gate Fields opens its 2013 summer meeting Friday and nobody is heading into the 19-day season with more momentum than jockey Juan Hernandez.
     Hernandez not only edged Hall of Famer Russell Baze for the riding championship at the recent Sonoma County Fair meeting in Santa Rosa, he captured four of the six stakes races presented at the 13-day meeting in the wine country.

Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday, August 16

          Live thoroughbred racing returns to Golden Gate Fields Friday when the East Bay track opens its 2013 summer meeting, a 19-day affair that runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.
     Post time opening day – as well as Friday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 30 – is 3:45 p.m.  Post time all other days is 1:15 p.m. and the weekly breakdown of the racing schedule is as follows:

Champion Baze Has Riding Hat Trick On Closing Day

     Putting the finishing touches on another title-winning campaign, jockey Russell Baze rode three winners on Sunday’s closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Baze won 172 races during the 101-day winter/spring meeting to collect his 45th riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.  Dennis Carr finished second in the jockey standings with 105 victories and Juan Hernandez was third with 75.

Skydreamin Wins Lost In The Fog In Blanket Finish

     Skydreamin got up in the final strides to win the $55,100 Lost in the Fog Stakes over Tupelo Cush and Olympic Jumble in a blanket finish Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Making the first start of his career, Skydreamin won the five-furlong feature for
2-year-olds by a head over Tupelo Cush in 1:00.64.  Tupelo Cush edged 6-5 favorite Olympic Jumble by a nose for second. 

Olympic Jumble 7-5 Favorite In Lost In The Fog

     Olympic Jumble, a romping winner in his career debut, is the 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $50,000-added Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Lost in the Fog, a five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds, is the third race on a 10-race program and will be run at approximately 1:47 p.m.  Post time for the first race is
12:45 p.m.

Longtime California Trainer Ross Brinson Passes At 101

     Longtime California trainer Ross Brinson, who created a quite a buzz in the Bay Area in 1983 with his gray colt Billy Ball, died Thursday morning at a home for the elderly in Lakewood, Calif.  Mr. Brinson was 101. 

     Born in Dardanelle, Arkansas, Brinson was raised in Arizona and rode Quarter Horses in match races as a youth.  His training career began in 1932 when he bought his first thoroughbred at the California State Fair and continued into the mid-1990s.

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.