Racing News

Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes Tops Holiday Weekend Of Racing At GGF

     The Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes will be the main event during a big holiday weekend at Golden Gate Fields, which will present thoroughbred racing Thursday through Monday, Memorial Day.  Post time each day is 12:45 p.m.

Gryder, Antongeorgi Record Riding Doubles

     Jockeys Aaron Gryder and William Antongeorgi III each recorded riding doubles Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gryder scored his wins with a pair of heavy favorites.  The veteran rider won the second race with even-money choice Call the Ten ($4.20) and the eighth with odds-on favorite Moudez ($3.80).

     Antongeorgi posted his victories in back-to-back races, taking the fifth with Cinnamon Glo ($5.80) and the sixth with Triple Star ($14.00).

Trio Have Triples At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Juan Hernandez and trainers Steve Miyadi and Jerry Hollendorfer won three races apiece Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Hernandez and Miyadi teamed up for two of their victories.  The duo won the fourth race with Melissa Rose ($16.80) and the sixth with Red River King ($22.20).  

Preakness Stakes Day Prompts Early Gate Openings At GGF

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the Preakness Day program from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will pipe in races three through 13 from Pimlico and post time for the third race is 8:43 a.m.  The Preakness Stakes is the 12th race on the card and will be run at 3:18 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race program and post time for the first race is
11:45 a.m.

Baze Goes 4-For-6 At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze kicked off the racing week at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Thursday.  

     Baze swept the first two races on the card with Soul in One ($4.40) and Piano Kitty ($8.00).  The $2 Baze Daily Double paid $18.20.

Bonde’s Sway Away Will Break From Post Position Six In Preakness Stakes

     Sway Away, who will try to give Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde a victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday, will break from post position six in the 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

    A capacity field of 14 runners will compete in the middle leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, which culminates with the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes on June 11 in New York.

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.