Racing News

Midnight Fiddle Improves To 2-For-4 For New Hall Of Famer Hollendorfer

     Midnight Fiddle, a well-bred colt trained by new Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, improved his record to 2-for-4 with a hard-fought victory in the $33,976 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Midnight Fiddle took the lead from Howmuchisit in midstretch and then held off Mind the Ladies and Barrel Knot to win the six-furlong sprint by a length in 1:11.56.  Mind the Ladies edged Barrel Knot by a nose for second.

Gig Harbor Wins Alcatraz Stakes In Wire-To-Wire Fashion At GGF

     There was no catching Gig Harbor in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Gig Harbor, ridden by Frank Alvarado and trained by Steve Specht, stole a
wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.  Making his first start around two turns after going 2-for-3 in six-furlong sprints, Gig Harbor held off late-running Duke of Doom to score by a half-length in 1:44.17.  Cody Peak, at 36-to-1,   finished third.

Hollendorfer ‘Humbled’ By Election Into Hall Of Fame

     Shortly after receiving notice Friday that he had been elected into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer participated in a national teleconference.  Following are some of Hollendorfer’s comments from the teleconference.

National Museum of Racing announces 2011 Hall of Fame class

Official release from the National Museum of Racing:

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and the fillies Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 will be inducted on Friday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The ceremony is free and open to the public and for the second consecutive year will be televised live on HRTV.

Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall Of Fame Will Have ‘Day At The Races’ At GGF

     The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization devoted to developing opportunities for less fortunate youth, will have “A Day At The Races” at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, May 22.

     The “Day At The Races” is a fund-raising event for the Oakland-based Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame and one person staunchly behind the cause is Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who will donate a percentage of his earnings from that day’s racing to the Hall.

Eight Entered In Alcatraz Stakes

     Eight 3-year-olds have been entered in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest that will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     The field for the Alcatraz, in post position order, is as follows: Life Is a Rock, Kevin Krigger rides; Offlee Wild Boys, Aaron Gryder; Cody Peak, Juan Hernandez; Gig Harbor, Frank Alvarado; Northern Causeway, Julien Couton; Anakin, David Lopez; Unbridled Endeavor, Inoel Beato; and Duke of Doom, Russell Baze.  All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.

Fans At GGF Can Take Aim At Multiple Carryovers

     Last Saturday was Kentucky Derby Day.  Thursday is Carryover Day.

     Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Thursday will have the opportunity – via simulcast wagering – to take aim at multiple carryovers, including the $514,583 Pick Six and $220,430 Super High Five carryover jackpots at Churchill Downs, where no one was able to hit either bet on Derby Day.

Take A Seat At Golden Gate Fields For Memorial Day

In one of the more intriguing San Francisco bay area events on Memorial Day, Golden Gate Fields racetrack is going to give away a free stadium chair to patrons with their paid admission on May 30.

Baze, Krigger, Cedillo, Sherman All Win A Pair Of Races At GGF

     Veteran jockeys Russell Baze and Kevin Krigger, apprentice rider Abel Cedillo, and trainer Steve Sherman all won a pair of races at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.  

     Baze took the first race with 1-5 favorite Anniversary Girl ($2.40) and the sixth race with 9-5 second choice Sports Edition ($5.60).  Baze leads all riders at the 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting with 125 victories.

Krigger Has Riding Hat Trick At GGF; Bonde’s Twice The Appeal 10th In Derby

     Jockey Kevin Krigger rode three winners Saturday at Golden Gate Fields to move into a tie for third place in the jockey standings.

     Krigger captured the fifth race with Morton Owen ($29.20), the seventh with Lama Chant ($7.00) and the 10th with Roaring Rick ($12.80).  Krigger and Frank Alvarado share the third spot in the rider standings with 50 wins apiece at the 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.