Racing News

Trainer Martin Just Keeps On Winning

     John F. Martin, who leads the nation’s trainers with an amazing 46.7 win percentage, saddled his third straight winner at Golden Gate Fields Thursday when Kern River took the first race.

     Kern River was the only starter on Thursday’s program for Martin, who has reached the winner’s circle with six of his last nine entrants.  On the year, Martin has amassed 29 victories from 62 starters.

Nina’s Dragon Has Final Work For $1 Million Louisiana Derby

     Nina’s Dragon, runner-up in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, worked six furlongs in 1:14.20 Wednesday morning at Golden Gate Fields in preparation for his start in the $1 million Louisiana Derby on March 30.

Irishman Harty Completes Sweep On St. Patrick’s Day

     Trainer Eoin Harty, a native of Dublin, Ireland, completed a sweep of the weekend feature races at Golden Gate Fields when his 4-year-old gelding Regulus scored a front-running victory in Sunday’s $36,344 St. Patrick’s Day feature.

     Based in Southern California at Betfair Hollywood Park, Harty shipped Imperative north to win Saturday’s $31,362 main event for 3-year-olds.  Imperative is 2-for-2 racing at Golden Gate Fields but is 0-for-3 on the Southern California circuit.

Imperative Ships In For Another Win At Golden Gate Fields

     Southern California-based Imperative may want to relocate to Golden Gate Fields.

     Imperative, trained by Eoin Harty and stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park, earned his second career victory Saturday when he came from off the pace to win the $31,362 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.  Imperative’s first victory – achieved in a one-mile maiden allowance race last September – was also recorded at the East Bay racetrack.

Bailouttheminister Fights Back To Win By A Head

     Bailouttheminister fought back after losing the lead to Gallant Son inside the eighth pole to score a thrilling photo-finish victory in the $40,321 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

     Bailouttheminister, ridden by Russell Baze, re-rallied in the final sixteenth of a mile to surge back in front of Gallant Son and jockey Julien Couton in the final yards.  Bailouttheminister scored by a head while running six furlongs in 1:09.82.  Hudson Landing finished third, four lengths behind the top two.

Albany Champ Gallant Son Favored In Sprint Feature

     Gallant Son, who was nearly 8-1 when he captured the Albany Stakes on Feb. 18, is the 7-5 morning line favorite in Friday’s $34,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gallant Son will face fellow stakes-winners Bailouttheminister, Hudson Landing and Control Seeker in the third race, a six-furlong allowance dash that also attracted longshot Handsome Harvey, Jr.

Baze Back In Saddle Thursday, Will ‘Ride The Card’ At Golden Gate Fields

     Russell Baze, who took off his mounts last Sunday due to a bruised left knee, will be back in the saddle Thursday when racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Post time is 12:45 p.m. and Baze is scheduled to “ride the card” as he has mounts in all seven races.  Baze, the winningest jockey in North American racing history with 11,878 career victories, tops the rider standings at Golden Gate Fields’ 2012-2013
winter/spring meeting with 74 wins.  Dennis Carr is second with 54 victories.

Moonshine Bay Triumphs In Sprint Feature

     Moonshine Bay, runner-up in the Albany Stakes on Feb. 18, came from just off the pace to win the $32,774 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Enjoying a perfect trip under jockey Dennis Carr, Moonshine Bay overhauled longshot pacesetter Platinum Rules at the top of the stretch and then held off hard-charging Soldiers Point to score by three-quarters of a length in the six-furlong allowance race for older horses.  Morning Fog finished third.

Hidinginplainsight Runs Away And Hides In Camilla Urso

     Hidinginplainsight, with substitute jockey William Antongeorgi III in the saddle, posted a front-running victory in the $51,650 Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Antongeorgi picked up the mount on Hidinginplainsight when the filly’s scheduled rider, Southern California-based Aaron Gryder, couldn’t make it to Golden Gate Fields due to travel issues.  

Camilla Urso Stakes Provides Tough Test For Handicappers

     How wide open is Saturday’s $50,000-added Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields?  Six of the eight entrants in the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares are 6-1 or less on the morning line.

     The lukewarm 3-1 favorite is English Royal and she’s followed by Rowdy Gal at 7-2 and Distinctive Yolie at 4-1.  Hidinginplainsight is 9-2 while Cathy’s Crunches and I’m Tops are both 6-1.  The two outsiders in the field at 15-1 are Sweetly Peppered and Madoffwiththemoney.