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Bring the family to enjoy Easter festivities, Thoroughbred horses at Golden Gate Fields.

With the holiday weekend on its way, northern California residents are reminded that some of the best things to do in the Bay Area this weekend can be found at Golden Gate Fields.

Is it possible to enjoy thoroughbred horses and the Easter Bunny on the same day? Racing fans and families alike already know that Golden Gate Fields, northern California's spot for premier thoroughbred racing, offers the kind of family fun and entertainment that gets even better on a holiday weekend.

As part of Golden Gate Fields’ Easter Sunday family special:

Work The Crowd Stakes Featured Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

     Fillies and mares bred in California will be in the spotlight Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when the track presents the $50,000-added Work The Crowd Stakes.

     The Work The Crowd is a one-mile turf contest that is restricted to distaffers bred in the Golden State.  The feature attracted a field of six, including multiple stakes-winners Antares World, Strawberry Tart, and U R All That I Am.

Justenufappeal Wins Golden Poppy

     Justenufappear rewarded her throng of backers at Golden Gate Fields Saturday by rallying down the stretch for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes.

     Listed at 6-to-1 on the morning line, Justenufappeal was bet down to 8-to-5 favoritism
in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies.  Justenufappeal proved the handicappers right when she took command from Alec’s Moon and Seismic Speed in midstretch and then held off late-running Windy Sails.

Our Curious Kitten Favored In Golden Poppy Stakes

     The consistent filly Our Curious Kitten has been made a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to capture the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Six 3-year-old fillies are set to start in the Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile turf test.  Our Curious Kitten will break from post position two and be ridden by French jockey Julien Couton.

Golden Gate Fields Celebrates Foursquare Day With Free Club House Admission

     One of the best things to do in the East Bay area on Saturday, April 16, is to celebrate Foursquare Day at Golden Gate Fields.

Bay Area’s Smiling Tiger Wins At Oaklawn; Swiss Ski Extends Winning Streak At GGF

     Smiling Tiger, trained by Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton and owned in partnership by Phil Lebherz of Portola Valley and Alan Klein of Burlingame, rallied strongly down the stretch to win the Grade 3 $200,000 Count Fleet Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths Thursday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.

Big Week At Golden Gate Fields Will Feature Important Simulcasts, Golden Poppy Stakes

     The simulcast of major stakes from Oaklawn Park and Keeneland, the first local 2-year-old race of the year, and the $75,000 Golden Poppy Stakes make for a big week of racing at Golden Gate Fields.  Post time Thursday through Sunday is 12:45 p.m.

Jockey Gryder Scores With Trio Of Front-Runners At GGF

     Jockey Aaron Gryder won three races Sunday at Golden Gate Fields and didn’t pass a single horse in recording his riding triple.

     Gryder won the six-furlong second race with even-money favorite Bell Zone ($4.20), who sped to the lead out of the gate and then just held off 20-to-1 closer One Sharp Mensch to score by a head.

     Gryder posted an easy victory in the seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile turf event, aboard

California Oaks Winner Lilacs and Lace Wins Grade 1 Ashland Stakes At Keeneland

     Lilacs and Lace, who paid $6.80 when she won the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 1, returned $99.40 to win Saturday when she scored a 48-to-1 shocker in the Grade 1 $400,000 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

    Lilacs and Lace, bred in Kentucky by owners Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel, won the California Oaks by 1 1/2 lengths while under the tutelage of Northern California trainer Duane Offield.  

El Camino Real Derby Winner Is 7-to-2 In Santa Anita Derby

    Silver Medallion, winner of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, is the
7-to-2 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

     The Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby is one of three major Kentucky Derby prep races that will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields.  The other two are the Grade 1 $1 million Wood Memorial (featuring undefeated Uncle Mo) at Aqueduct and the Grade 3 $300,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne.  All three races are 1 1/8-mile events.