Racing News

Marks Mine Lukewarm 7-2 Favorite In Wide Open California Oaks

     The speedy Marks Mine is a lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite in the $50,000-added California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted a well-matched field of 11.

     Golden Gate Fields is presenting the Oaks as the seventh race on Saturday’s nine-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oaks is 3:50 p.m.  

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Will Televise El Camino Real Derby Live From Golden Gate Fields

     Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will present comprehensive on-site coverage of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, live from Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4-5 p.m. PT.  

     The network’ s one-hour coverage will feature in-depth race preview and analysis, interviews with participants, and retrospectives of the Bay Area’s historic racing legacy.  The broadcast will culminate with the 32nd running of the El Camino Real Derby.

Marks Mine Among 11 Fillies Entered In California Oaks

     Marks Mine, who led for most of the way in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, is among the 11 fillies entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies, is the seventh race on a nine-race card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.  First post is 12:45 p.m.

Baze Completes Super Weekend With Another Hat Trick

     Jockey Russell Baze had a super Super Bowl weekend at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won two races Friday, recorded a riding triple Saturday, and finished up with another hat trick Sunday.

     Baze scored with his first three mounts Sunday.  The Hall of Famer won the first race with Duke of Doom ($9.60), the third with Catrageous ($4.60), and the fourth with Wunderbar ($3.00).

Special 11:15 a.m. Post Time Sunday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields, in order to allow fans to get in a card of horse racing before kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII, has scheduled a special early post time of
11:15 a.m. Sunday.

     Golden Gate Fields will present eight races and post time for the finale is 2:45 p.m.
Post time for the Super Bowl is 3:29 p.m.

O’Neill’s Greeley Awesome Extends Winning Streak

     Greeley Awesome, an invader from Southern California trained by Doug O’Neill, surged ahead of Rush In in the final strides to win the $30,244 allowance feature by a half-length Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

Friday Feature May Lead To El Camino Real Derby

     The featured seventh race at Golden Gate Fields Friday could produce a candidate or two for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Saturday, Feb. 16.

    The seventh race is a one-mile allowance contest for 3-year-olds.  The El Camino Real Derby is a 1 1/8-mile race and is Northern California’s official prep for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Baze Caps Memorable Weekend With Riding Triple

     Jockey Russell Baze capped a memorable weekend by riding three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze made national headlines Friday when he became the first jockey in North American racing history to ride in 50,000 thoroughbred races.  Baze swept the first three races on Friday’s card and later had milestone mount No. 50,000, Finish Rich in Nyc, who finished third in the sixth race.

Couton And Frey Dominate Saturday Card

     Jockeys Julien Couton and Kyle Frey won the bulk of the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields as Couton recorded a riding hat trick and Frey a riding double during the nine-race program.

     Couton won the first race with Sandor ($8.60), the third with Crocker’s Corner ($3.20) and the seventh with Siberian Laughter ($10.00).  Frey scored in back-to-back races, taking the fourth with Royal Stormer ($6.20) and the fifth with Incisive ($5.20).

Hall Of Famer Baze Reaches Another Milestone – Rides In 50,000th Race At Golden Gate Fields

     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze reached an incredible milestone Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he competed in his 50,000th thoroughbred race.

     Although he finished third aboard the 6-year-old mare Finish Rich in Nyc, Baze was allowed to enter the winner’s circle following the race for a photograph commemorating his historic ride.  Baze’s colleagues in the Golden Gate Fields jockey colony and track officials jammed in for the photograph.