Racing News

Pepper Crown Will Try To Defend San Francisco Mile Crown

     Pepper Crown, the upset winner of the 2014 San Francisco Mile, will try to defend his crown in the $100,000 turf stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
     A Grade 3 event for 3-year-olds and up, the SF Mile attracted a field of eight when entries were taken Wednesday morning.  Pepper Crown drew post position seven and will be ridden by apprentice David C. Lopez.

Carr Recovering Well From Head Injury

Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a blunt blow to the back of his head in a starting gate incident Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, was “sitting up and recovering very well” Monday morning after undergoing surgery Sunday night at Highland Hospital in Oakland to remove blood from around his brain and relieve cranial pressure.

Former Jockey Stortz Gets First Training Win

     Marcia Stortz, a former jockey who was forced to retire from race riding in 2013 due to a knee problem, earned her first victory as a trainer Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when her 5-year-old gelding Blazing Mojave won the third race in a photo finish.

Jockey Gonzalez Gets First Riding Four-Bagger

Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez, who has recorded 20 riding hat tricks in his young career, earned his first four-bagger Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Gonzalez captured the third race with Mambo Rock ($6.60), the fourth with Loop Current Eddie ($2.60), the seventh with Golden Guy ($9.40), and the eighth with Deb’s Wildcard ($9.00).
     Gonzalez has scored with eight of his 14 mounts this week as he rode three winners Thursday and one Friday. 

Hollendorfer Seeks Riches At Charles Town, Hawthorne

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will seek a pair of rich road victories Saturday when he sends out top-ranked Shared Belief in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and Cross the Line in the $400,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne near Chicago. 
     Shared Belief, America’s best racehorse, is the 2-5 morning line favorite in the Charles Town Classic, a 1 1/8-mile race contested on a six-furlong oval.  The race begins on the backstretch and requires trips around three tight turns.

High Test Rallies From Last To Win Sprint Feature

High Test charged from last to first under Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze to capture the $23,105 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by a half-length Thursday.
     High Test, who was coming off a second-place finish in a $16,000 claiming event on April 2, raced for a $25,000 claiming tag Thursday and paid $11.00 after being dismissed as the fourth wagering choice in a field of six. 

Golden Gate Fields-Based Shared Belief Is 2-5 Favorite In $1.5 Million Charles Town Classic

     Golden Gate Fields-based Shared Belief, the top-ranked horse in the country, is a prohibitive 2-5 favorite on the morning line to capture Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic at Charles Town in West Virginia.

Hypnatique Rallies For 13-1 Upset In Sprint Feature

Hypnatique, who scored a 6-1 upset in his previous race, came back with a 13-1 surprise Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. 
     Hypnatique came from fifth in a field of seven to win a six-furlong allowance race by a nose on March 22 and paid $14.20.  Sunday, Hypnatique paid $28.00 after charging from sixth in a field of seven to score by half-length in the $34,604 allowance feature.

Tiz Dynamic Has Winning Surge In Turf Feature

Tiz Dynamic, receiving a fine ride from jockey Silvio Amador, split horses in deep stretch and got up to win the $25,105 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Tiz Dynamic was always within striking distance in the 1 1/16-mile race for $40,000 claimers and patiently waited for racing room in the stretch.  When an opening developed between Tribal Tribute and Polytechnicien in the late stages, Tiz Dynamic accelerated powerfully through the hole to score by a half-length.

Longtime Bay Area Trainer William J. Morey, Jr. Passes At Age 74

Northern California trainer William J. Morey, Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall of Fame (class of 2014), died Friday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Los Altos after a long battle with cancer.  Mr. Morey was 74.
     A native of San Francisco, Mr. Morey grew up in San Carlos and attended the races at Bay Meadows with his father.  As a teenager, Mr. Morey got a job as a hot walker at the now defunct San Mateo racetrack.