Racing News

The Horses Are Back On Grass At Golden Gate Fields Saturday

     The first turf races of the 2010-2011 Golden Gate Fields meeting will be contested Saturday at the East Bay racetrack.  Post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.

     The fourth, sixth and eighth races will be decided on the Lakeside Turf Course and the three grass events have an average field size of nine runners.

Hollywood Gold Cup Champion Awesome Gem Runs Saturday At GGF

     Awesome Gem, winner of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup last year, will race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday in a salty allowance race for older horses.

    Awesome Gem is an 8-year-old gelding who has earned $2,279,682 in 39 career starts. Trained by Craig Dollase, Awesome Gem collected his first Grade 1 stakes victory last summer when he defeated Rail Trip by a half-length in the Hollywood Gold Cup.


The annual Dachshund race is one of the most talked about events in the San Francisco area.

Hollendorfer On Hall of Fame Ballot

     Jerry Hollendorfer, the Bay Area’s all-time leading trainer and the fourth-winningest trainer in thoroughbred racing history with 5,911 victories, is among the first-time finalists for election to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.  

Bonde Headed To Kentucky Derby

     Trainer Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton is headed to the Kentucky Derby with his 3-year-old colt Twice the Appeal, who scored a 25-to-1 upset in the $800,000 Sunland Derby last Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

     Bonde said Twice the Appeal, who is stabled at Santa Anita, would train up to the “Run For The Roses.”  The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 7, at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Bonde’s 25-To-1 Shot Twice The Appeal Wins $800,000 Sunland Derby At Sunland Park

     Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde pulled off a shocker Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico when he captured the $800,000 Sunland Derby with 25-to-1 shot Twice the Appeal.
    Twice the Appeal, ridden by Christian Santiago-Reyes, took the lead from Astrology in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2-lengths in 1:50.91.  Astrology took second by a head over Ruler On Ice.

Positive Response Eighth In Vinery Spiral Stakes

     The Bay Area’s Positive Response finished a disappointing eighth as the 8-to-5 favorite in the $500,000 Vinery Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday.

     Animal Kingdom rallied from last in a field of 11 to win the 1 1/8-mile Spiral by
2 3/4 lengths over Decisive Moment.  Twinspired finished third.  Animal Kingdom was timed in 1:52.32 and paid $8.00.

Eyes On The Prize Posts Upset In GGF Feature

     Eyes On the Prize rallied from last in a field of seven to spring a 10-to-1 upset victory in the $36,768 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

     Eyes On the Prize, ridden by Leslie Mawing, charged down the middle of the stretch to win the 1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths over Catch Lorraine.  Bleach Blonde finished third, a neck behind Catch Lorraine and a neck in front of 2-to-1 favorite Broken Silence.  


     The Bay Area’s Positive Response is the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, a key Kentucky Derby prep at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

     Winner of the California Derby and Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, Positive Response is trained by William E. Morey and owned in partnership by Morey, Ray Pagano, Roger Newman and Saul Gevertz.

Win a Day at the Races With Top Dog Facebook Photo Contest

BERKELEY, CALIF – March 22, 2011 - Weiner Nationals returns to Golden Gate Fields on April 9, 2011, but  Facebook fans who don’t’ have a Dachshund to compete in the annual race are still in luck! Between March 21 and April 8 any Top Dog can compete in the Bay Area horse racing track’s Facebook Contest to win great prizes.