Racing News

Friday Feature Is Prep For Gold Rush Stakes

     Possible candidates for the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes will be in action Friday at Golden Gate Fields in the seventh race, a one-mile allowance test for 2-year-olds.

     The Gold Rush will be run Saturday, Dec. 8, and the top finishers in Friday’s main event will likely be pointed to the one-mile stakes.   First post Friday is 12:45 p.m., and post time for the seventh race is 3:52 p.m.

Strong Wind Heads Cast Of Six In Golden Nugget Stakes

     Strong Wind, a romping winner of the $100,000 Graduation Stakes at Del Mar, heads a cast of six 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Golden Nugget will be decided at six furlongs and is the featured third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the Golden Nugget is 1:45 p.m.

Advance Ticket Notches 10th Career Victory

     The 6-year-old mare Advance Ticket recorded her 10th career victory Sunday when she charged from sixth in a field of eight to win the $40,652 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Advance Ticket, ridden by Abel Cedillo, ran down 9-5 favorite Sister Kate and jockey Russell Baze in the final furlong to capture the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares by one length.  Belle Passe, ridden by Inoel Beato, finished third.

Golden Gate Fields Will Conduct Toys-For-Tots Toy Drive Sunday During Dollar Day Card

     Golden Gate Fields will conduct a Toys-For-Tots Toy Drive during its Dollar Day card Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. and track is offering fans $1 general admission, $1 racing programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.

     Patrons donating a toy to the toy drive will receive a free club house pass to Golden Gate Fields.  The toys must be new and unwrapped and will be accepted at all admission gates.

10 Local Races, Breeders’ Cup Simulcast Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race card Saturday and also simulcast all the action from Day 2 of Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita.

     All admission gates open at 9 a.m. and post time at Santa Anita is 10:05 a.m. while first post at Golden Gate Fields is 11:40 a.m.  

     Post time for the first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Turf (Race 4), is 11:50 a.m.

Baze Rides Four Winners At Golden Gate Fields, Will Pilot 30-1 Class Included In Breeders’ Cup Friday

     Jockey Russell Baze gained some momentum for his road trip to the Breeders’ Cup by riding four winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze scored with Mardi’s Tough Game ($9.80) in the first race, Step On the Gas ($6,00) in the third, French Alps ($5.20) in the fourth, and Mile High Bunk ($3.00) in the sixth.  

Live Racing Cards, Breeders’ Cup Simulcasts Make For Big Week At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will present live racing programs Thursday through Sunday and also simulcast the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Friday and Saturday.  

     Racing will begin at the usual 12:45 p.m. post time Thursday and Sunday, however, there will be special post times and gate opens Friday and Saturday for the Breeders’ Cup simulcasts.

Positive Response Gets First Turf Victory

     Positive Response, the 2011 California Derby winner, recorded his first turf victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he charged from off the pace to capture the $36,150 allowance feature by 2 1/4 lengths.

     Positive Response, trained by William E. Morey and ridden by Dennis Carr, won the one-mile main event for 3-year-olds and up in 1:36.57 and paid $14.40 as a 6-1 overlay in the betting.

Miss Empire Fights Back To Win Pike Place Dancer

     Southern California shipper Miss Empire, the 1-2 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, won a stretch-long battle with 10-1 Butterfly Soul to capture the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes by a neck Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Miss Empire 4-5 Favorite In Pike Place Dancer; SF Mile Champ Hudson Landing Returns Sunday

     Miss Empire, winner of the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita, is the 4-5 morning live favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Pike Place Dancer is the fourth race on a nine-race program that begins at
12:45 p.m., and Miss Empire will face five rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for
2-year-old fillies.