Racing News

Dice Flavor Eighth In UAE Derby; Nina’s Dragon 12th In Louisiana Derby

     Dice Flavor and Nina’s Dragon, who ran one-two in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16, both failed to menace in rich races Saturday as Dice Flavor ran eighth in the $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Race Course in Dubai and Nina’s Dragon ran 12th in the $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans.  

Six Votes Wins In First Start In 18 Months

     Six Votes, making his first start in 18 months and only his second start in 29 months, came from just off the pace to win a six-furlong sprint at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

     Trainer Greg James obviously did a masterful job of preparing Six Votes for his return to the races as the 5-year-old gelding held off 3-5 favorite Stone Hot in the final yards to win by a head.  Stone Hot, who was coming off a winning effort on March 14, took second by a neck over Traweek.

El Camino Real Derby Champ Dice Flavor Is 5-1 In $2 Million UAE Derby

     Dice Flavor, who was 9-1 when he posted a 3 1/2-length victory in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16, is the 5-1 second choice on the morning line in the $2 million UAE Derby, which will be run Saturday at Meydan Race Course in Dubai.

Betting On $10 Million Dubai World Cup, $1 Million Derby Preps Offered At Golden Gate Fields

     Advance wagering on the $10 million Dubai World Cup and the simulcast of two
$1 million Kentucky Derby preps, the Louisiana Derby and the Florida Derby, will be offered at Golden Gate Fields Friday and Saturday.

Prima Gianna Blitzes Foes In Sprint Feature

     Prima Gianna sped to the lead shortly after the start and never looked back en route to posting a 3 1/2-length victory in the $29,174 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Relaxing nicely on the front end under jockey Abel Cedillo, Prima Gianna got away with soft fractions of 23.56 and 46.78 while opening up a three-length advantage on her rivals after a half-mile.

Carr Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Dennis Carr won four of the first five races contested at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Carr took the first race with Life Is a Stone ($6.00), the third with Nancypeggy ($5.20), the fourth with Alexander’s Band ($5.60), and the fifth with Aiming Fluid ($6.60).

     Carr has won 64 races at the 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting and is second in the jockey standings to Russell Baze, who has 80 victories.

Many Share In Pick Six Profits At Golden Gate Fields

     A perfect Pick Six ticket, which had eluded handicappers for five consecutive racing programs at Golden Gate Fields, was not hard to find Friday at the East Bay racetrack.

     With short-priced horses dominating the races, there were 113 tickets that correctly had all of the winners in the Pick Six sequence (races three through eight) and each returned $1,050.80.  Some 1,257 tickets had five of the six winners and the consolation tickets were worth $23.60 each.

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.