Racing News

Giant Ego Repeats For Specht And Alvarado

     In nearly a duplication of his previous race, Giant Ego came from just off the pace to win the $28,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by a half-length Thursday. 
 
     Giant Ego, who defeated the speedy Wildcat Moon by a half-length in a similar race on March 8, once again overhauled that rival in the stretch and then just held off Soldiers Point.  Soldiers Point took second by a neck over Wildcat Moon.
 

Giant Ego 9-5 Favorite In Sprint Feature

     Giant Ego, who scored a game victory as the favorite in his last race, is the 9-5 morning line choice in Thursday’s $28,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Giant Ego was bet down to 3-2 odds in a $40,000 claiming race at six-furlongs on March 8 and the 4-year-old gelding dug in tenaciously down the stretch to defeat Wildcat Moon by a half-length.
 

Heavy Favorite G. G. Ryder Too Tough In Feature

G. G. Ryder, the 2-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, proved too tough in the $35,505 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     G. G. Ryder seized the lead from pacesetter Candy Passion at the top of the stretch and then held off Terrys Tom Cat through the final furlong to win the one-mile test for 
3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths.  Charlie Thomas finished third.
 

Trainer Hansen Goes 2-For-2

Trainer Roger Hansen, who had just one winner from 23 starters through 51 days of racing at the winter/spring meeting, went 2-for-2 Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Hansen won the six-furlong third race with Love Rules All ($7.00), who just held off 30-1 long shot Hypnatique by a half-length.  Love Rules All was ridden by William Antongeorgi, III.  
 

Mackey To Take Over As Racing Secretary At Golden Gate Fields

ALBANY  --  Patrick Mackey, who served as assistant racing secretary for the New York Racing Association from 2010-2012 after holding the same position at Arlington Park and Gulfstream Park, will take over as racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields beginning in mid-May.   
 

Gonzalez, Amador Ride A Pair Of Winners

     Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez and jockey Silvio Amador both rode a pair of winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Gonzalez’ wins bookended the seven-race program.  Gonzalez won the first race with Gray Madam ($6.80), who edged the Amador-ridden Wild Nicole by a half-length, and the seventh with heavy favorite No Baby ($3.80). 
 

Tamarando And Baze Made Favorites In Spiral Stakes

El Camino Real Derby champion Tamarando has been made the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 3 $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.
 
    Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze will ride Tamarando for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the Sprial, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds that rewards its winner with 50 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby.
 

Tamarando Has Final Work For Spiral Stakes

Tamarando, winner of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, worked seven furlongs on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface in 1:28.00 handily Sunday morning in preparation for the Grade 3 $550,000 Spiral Stakes. 
 
     The Spiral, a 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds that rewards its winner with 50 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby, will be run Saturday at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. 
Russell Baze will ride Tamarando in the Spiral and he was aboard for Sunday’s drill.

Marks Mine Triumphs In Camilla Urso Stakes

Marks Mine, the even-money favorite ridden by Frank Alvarado, held off Happybirthdaybaby and jockey Russell Baze through the final furlong to win the $59,400 Camilla Urso Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 

Favorites Marks Mine, Summer Hit Look Tough Saturday

     Marks Mine and Summer Hit, a pair of multiple stakes-winners, look like favorites that will be hard to beat Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Marks Mine is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $50,000-added Camilla Urso Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares that is carded as the seventh race on a nine-race program.