Racing News

Doubles Galore At Golden Gate Fields Sunday

Sunday was a day for doubles at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Jockeys Frank Alvarado, Russell Baze and Abel Cedillo all had riding doubles and conditioner Tim Bellasis had a training double.
 
     Alvarado tallied with a pair of favorites, taking the first race aboard Malibu Rum ($4.00) and the fifth with What Goes Around ($5.80).
  

Baze Comes Off Bench To Win Five Races

Returning from a three-day riding suspension with a vengeance, Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze won five races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Baze, who received his benching for causing interference in the stretch aboard Gold Tie Please in the first race on March 29, scored with his first mount back when he took the second race with Black Spirit ($7.00). 
 

Hurricane Lake Prevails In Blanket Finish

     Hurricane Lake, receiving a strong ride from veteran jockey Frank Alvarado, rallied between front-runners Atomic Rule and Welcome Home Ryan in the final sixteenth of a mile and got up to win the $31,470 feature race in a photo finish Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
 

Central Heat Edges Handfull On Golden Gate Fields Turf

Central Heat brought the heat down the stretch and edged 9-5 favorite Handfull by a neck in the $25,865 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
 
     Central Heat, ridden by William Antongeorgi III, kept front-running Handfull and jockey Frank Alvarado honest on the lead by sticking within a length of the favorite down the backstretch.
 

Valiant Flame Rallies To Win Tribesman Feature

Valiant Flame, ridden by Pedro Terrero, scored a last-to-first upset in the $39,095 Tribesman sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     The fourth betting choice in a field of six, Valiant Flame accelerated powerfully down the middle of the racetrack to get up and win the six-furlong allowance race by a half-length over 7-5 favorite Tribal Jewel.  Ourwestcoastghost, the 5-2 second choice, finished third. 
 

Lady Fifty Two Scores Game Win Under Baze

     Lady Fifty Two, the 3-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, charged down the middle of the track and got up just in time to win the six-furlong allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Improving to 2-for-2 since returning from a seven-month layoff, Lady Fifty Two surged by front-runners Frisco Fog and Miss Loujean in the final yards and stopped the timer in a good 1:10.31.  Frisco Fog edged Miss Loujean by a head for second.

Lady Fifty Two Seeks Repeat

     Lady Fifty Two, who returned from a seven-month layoff to break her maiden impressively on March 8, is the even-money morning line favorite in the $30,000 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     Lady Fifty Two, a half sister to multiple graded stakes-winner Lady of Fifty, came off the bench to win a six-furlong maiden allowance race by 5 1/2 lengths in a good time of 1:10.67.  Ridden by Russell Baze, Lady Fifty Two charged from seventh in a field of nine to win going away.

Pete’s Slew Improves To 4-For-6

The 3-year-old gelding Pete’s Slew knows to how to win, which he proved again Thursday in the $33,060 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Ridden by Dennis Carr, Pete’s Slew surged to the lead in midstretch and then just held off Convoy by a head to earn his fourth victory in six trips to the starting gate.  Convoy took second by 2 1/4 lengths over Maximum Maximum.
 

Racing Week Begins With $40,009 Pick Six Carryover

The racing week at Golden Gate Fields begins Thursday with an attractive carryover of $40,009 in the Pick Six. 
 
     Post time for the seven-race program is 12:45 p.m. and the Pick Six will be held on races two through seven.  Post time for the second race is 1:15 p.m. 
 

Feature Race Victory Highlights Four-Win Day For Baze

A wire-to-wire victory aboard Pepnic in the $38,650 allowance feature highlighted a four-win Sunday afternoon for jockey Russell Baze at Golden Gate Fields.  
 
     Baze committed thievery in the one-mile race with Pepnic, who was allowed to loaf on the lead through fractions of 52.62 (half-mile) and 1:17.06 (six furlongs) en route to winning in 1:40.25.