Racing News

Bay Area’s Smiling Tiger Wins At Oaklawn; Swiss Ski Extends Winning Streak At GGF

     Smiling Tiger, trained by Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton and owned in partnership by Phil Lebherz of Portola Valley and Alan Klein of Burlingame, rallied strongly down the stretch to win the Grade 3 $200,000 Count Fleet Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths Thursday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Big Week At Golden Gate Fields Will Feature Important Simulcasts, Golden Poppy Stakes

     The simulcast of major stakes from Oaklawn Park and Keeneland, the first local 2-year-old race of the year, and the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes make for a big week of racing at Golden Gate Fields.  Post time Thursday through Sunday is 12:45 p.m.

Jockey Gryder Scores With Trio Of Front-Runners At GGF

     Jockey Aaron Gryder won three races Sunday at Golden Gate Fields and didn’t pass a single horse in recording his riding triple.

     Gryder won the six-furlong second race with even-money favorite Bell Zone ($4.20), who sped to the lead out of the gate and then just held off 20-to-1 closer One Sharp Mensch to score by a head.

     Gryder posted an easy victory in the seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile turf event, aboard

California Oaks Winner Lilacs and Lace Wins Grade 1 Ashland Stakes At Keeneland

     Lilacs and Lace, who paid $6.80 when she won the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 1, returned $99.40 to win Saturday when she scored a 48-to-1 shocker in the Grade 1 $400,000 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

    Lilacs and Lace, bred in Kentucky by owners Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel, won the California Oaks by 1 1/2 lengths while under the tutelage of Northern California trainer Duane Offield.  

El Camino Real Derby Winner Is 7-to-2 In Santa Anita Derby

    Silver Medallion, winner of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, is the
7-to-2 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

     The Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby is one of three major Kentucky Derby prep races that will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields.  The other two are the Grade 1 $1 million Wood Memorial (featuring undefeated Uncle Mo) at Aqueduct and the Grade 3 $300,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne.  All three races are 1 1/8-mile events.

Purse For 2011 SF Mile Will Be $100,000

     Golden Gate Fields has announced that the purse for the San Francisco Mile, which will be run Saturday, April 30, has been reduced from $150,000 to $100,000.  

     The San Francisco Mile had a purse of $150,000 in 2010 when it was run as a Grade 2 stakes.  The race was downgraded to Grade 3 status for 2011 by the American Graded Stakes Committee.

Golden Gate Fields Offers Racing, Fun for $1 Every Sunday

     For anyone looking for events near Oakland, or cheap things to do in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Fields is the perfect location for a day of food, racing and fun.  Golden Gate Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, is pleased to offer Dollar Days every Sunday during live racing.

    Every Sunday through June 12, 2011, visitors to Golden Gate Fields can enjoy General Admission for $1, General Parking for $1, a program for $1 plus beer, hot dogs and soda for $1 each.

GGF To Simulcast Kentucky Derby Preps And Host Wiener Nationals Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast a trio of important Kentucky Derby preps, present a 10-race card of its own, and host the Wiener Nationals Saturday.

     Grandstand and Club House gates open at 10 a.m. and there is a special 12:15 p.m. post time.  The early post time is due to Santa Anita starting its Santa Anita Derby Day program at noon.  Golden Gate Fields offers full-card simulcast wagering on racing from Santa Anita.

Jockeys Double Up At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockeys Aaron Gryder, Inoel Beato and Kevin Krigger all rode two winners and trainer Lloyd Mason saddled a pair of victors Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gryder won the first race with 5-to-1 Entrustment ($12.40) and the fourth race with
3-to-2 favorite Make It a Cougar ($5.00).  

     Beato scored his riding double with a pair of favorites, taking the second race with
8-to-5 Hamonic Motion ($5.20) and the fifth race with 5-to-2 Cahill Report ($7.60).

Hudson Landing Wires Fields On Turf; Florida Derby Simulcast Sunday

     Hudson Landing, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, pulled off a wire-to-wire victory in the $39,900 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

     Hudson Landing bested a very tough field – seven of the eight entrants owned stakes victories – in winning the one-mile allowance race by a length over 56-to-1 longshot Posse Power.  Awesome Gem, winner of the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup, finished third.