Racing News

California Derby Champ Zeewat Among Nine Entered In El Camino Real Derby

     California Derby champion Zeewat will face eight rivals, including a pair of runners trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Apprentice Delgadillo Rides First Winner

     Apprentice Jose Delgadillo, riding in his 39th race, recorded the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he guided even-money favorite Seeking the Stitch to an off-the-pace score in the fifth race.

     “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Delgadillo of winning his first race.  “When I passed the wire it was, ‘whew, I finally got it.’  It feels great.”

Redressthebalance Scores 10-1 Upset In California Oaks

     Irish-bred Redressthebalance made her first U.S. victory a memorable one when she rallied from sixth in a field 10 to win the $53,550 California Oaks by a half-length under jubilant jockey Christian Santiago Reyes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Marks Mine Lukewarm 7-2 Favorite In Wide Open California Oaks

     The speedy Marks Mine is a lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite in the $50,000-added California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted a well-matched field of 11.

     Golden Gate Fields is presenting the Oaks as the seventh race on Saturday’s nine-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oaks is 3:50 p.m.  

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Will Televise El Camino Real Derby Live From Golden Gate Fields

     Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will present comprehensive on-site coverage of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, live from Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4-5 p.m. PT.  

     The network’ s one-hour coverage will feature in-depth race preview and analysis, interviews with participants, and retrospectives of the Bay Area’s historic racing legacy.  The broadcast will culminate with the 32nd running of the El Camino Real Derby.

Marks Mine Among 11 Fillies Entered In California Oaks

     Marks Mine, who led for most of the way in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, is among the 11 fillies entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies, is the seventh race on a nine-race card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.  First post is 12:45 p.m.

Baze Completes Super Weekend With Another Hat Trick

     Jockey Russell Baze had a super Super Bowl weekend at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won two races Friday, recorded a riding triple Saturday, and finished up with another hat trick Sunday.

     Baze scored with his first three mounts Sunday.  The Hall of Famer won the first race with Duke of Doom ($9.60), the third with Catrageous ($4.60), and the fourth with Wunderbar ($3.00).

Special 11:15 a.m. Post Time Sunday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields, in order to allow fans to get in a card of horse racing before kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII, has scheduled a special early post time of
11:15 a.m. Sunday.

     Golden Gate Fields will present eight races and post time for the finale is 2:45 p.m.
Post time for the Super Bowl is 3:29 p.m.

O’Neill’s Greeley Awesome Extends Winning Streak

     Greeley Awesome, an invader from Southern California trained by Doug O’Neill, surged ahead of Rush In in the final strides to win the $30,244 allowance feature by a half-length Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

Friday Feature May Lead To El Camino Real Derby

     The featured seventh race at Golden Gate Fields Friday could produce a candidate or two for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Saturday, Feb. 16.

    The seventh race is a one-mile allowance contest for 3-year-olds.  The El Camino Real Derby is a 1 1/8-mile race and is Northern California’s official prep for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 4 at Churchill Downs.