Racing News

Blind Luck Favored At Oaklawn Park, Sway Away Second Choice In Rebel

     Based on morning-line odds, Northern California trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Jeff Bonde have a good chance to sweep the graded stakes races at Oaklawn Park Saturday.

     Hollendorfer’s Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010, is an 8-to-5 favorite on the morning line to win the Grade 3 $150,000 Azeri Stakes at the racetrack located in Hot Springs, Ark.  Bonde’s Sway Away is the 5-to-2 second choice in the Grade 2 $300,000 Rebel Stakes.

Sherman Extends Winning Streak At Golden Gate Fields

     Trainer Steve Sherman extended his winning streak and jockey Kevin Krigger rode three winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Sherman, who went 4-for-4 last Sunday, made it six wins in a row at Golden Gate Fields by going 2-for-2 Thursday.  Sherman scored his St. Patrick’s Day double with Glad’s a Smilin ($4.60) in the sixth race and Luberon ($4.20) in the eighth.

Hollendorfer, Bonde Seek Stakes Wins At Oaklawn Park Saturday

     Northern California trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Jeff Bonde will both gun for graded stakes wins at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday.

     Hollendorfer will send out his champion filly Blind Luck in the Grade 3 $150,000 Azeri Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mares.  Bonde will saddle his Kentucky Derby hope, Sway Away, in the Grade 2 $300,000 Rebel Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for
3-year-olds.

Sherman Wins Four Straight Races At GGF, Including Feature With Goggles McCoy

     Goggles McCoy made a very impressive 4-year-old debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he dominated four rivals in the $48,360 allowance feature and kicked off a four-race winning streak for trainer Steve Sherman.

Golden Gate Fields Continues Winter Meet

BERKELEY, CALIF – March 15, 2011 - Golden Gate Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, located just off I-80 in Berkeley, eight miles from downtown Oakland and 11 miles from San Francisco, continues its winter meet with live racing every Thursday through Sunday through April and Wednesday through Sunday from May 1 until June 12, 2011.

A GIRL’S WISH COMES TRUE AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

     A wish came true at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday when Sierra Olson, a 14-year-old girl suffering from Evan’s Syndrome (an autoimmune disease), accompanied veterinarian Dr. Ken Alison on his rounds through the barn of trainer Terry Knight.

Sherman Saddles Four Winners At GGF

     There were eight races run at Golden Gate Fields Friday and trainer Steve Sherman won half of them.

     Sherman, the second-leading conditioner at the meeting with 30 victories, teamed up with four different jockeys while recording his four-bagger.
 

Checkinuponyou Speeds To Impressive Victory At GGF

     Checkinuponyou sped to the lead immediately after leaving the gate and then held off Southern California invader Position A through the stretch to earn a hard-fought victory in the $31,660  sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Checkinuponyou, ridden by Frank Alvarado, defeated Position A by a neck in the
5 1/2-furlong dash for older horses while clocking an impressive time of 1:03.23.  Gold Aly finished third, five lengths behind Position A.

Racing Week At GGF Begins With Pick Six Carryover

     A Pick Six carryover of $20,271 will greet handicappers when racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     A $2 wager, the Pick Six challenges bettors to pick the winners of six consecutive races.  The third through eighth races make up the Pick Six sequence Thursday and post time for the third race is 1:45 p.m.

Jakesam Among 10 In San Felipe Stakes

     Jakesam, second in both the California Derby and El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, is among the 10 entrants in Saturday’s $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

     A Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds, the San Felipe is a 1 1/16-mile race that serves as a steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.  Jakesam, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, will break from post position eight in the San Felipe and be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela.