Racing News

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.

Summer Hit Wins All American Stakes To Complete Coast-To-Coast Stakes Double For Hollendorfer

     Summer Hit completed a East Coast-West Coast graded stakes double for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer when he led from start to finish in the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

     Sixty-five minutes before the All American, Hollendorfer earned one of the biggest wins in his Hall of Fame career when Sahara Sky captured the Grade 1 $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in New York.

Summer Hit Slight Favorite In All American Stakes

     The up and coming 4-year-old gelding Summer Hit and the classy 8-year-old gelding Tres Borrachos are the top two choices on the morning line in Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Summer Hit is the 9-5 favorite and Tres Borrachos the 2-1 second choice in the
Grade 3 All American, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.  The All American is the seventh race on a nine-race Memorial Day program and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.

Slim Pickins Rallies To Win Turf Feature

     Slim Pickins, a 5-year-old son of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, charged down the middle of the Lakeside Turf Course to win the $31,486 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Slim Pickins ran down Sandor, who took advantage of clear sailing along the inside to take command at the top of the stretch, in the final strides to score by a half-length.  Sandor took second by a nose over stretch-running Ezio.