Racing News

Positive Response Favored At Turfway Park

     Northern California’s Positive Response is a 5-to-2 favorite on the morning line to capture the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, Saturday night.

     Positive Response, winner of the California Derby and Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, will face eight rivals in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds.  Positive Response will break from post position six under Bay Area jockey Julien Couton.

Leading Men At GGF Add To Victory Totals With Big Days

     Golden Gate Fields’ leading men, jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, padded their victory totals Thursday afternoon.

     Baze won half of the races on the eight-race card while Hollendorfer notched a “natural” training hat trick by saddling the winner in three straight races.

Cal Derby Champ Positive Response At Turfway Park For $100,000 Stakes

        Positive Response, winner of the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields, is in Florence, Kentucky, to run in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday.  

Fundraiser For Martinez

   A fundraising dinner for jockey Michael Martinez, paralyzed from the waist down as a result of injuries sustained in a spill last September, will be held Sunday after the races at the Moose Lodge #550 in San Pablo (13233 San Pablo Ave.).  

Hallelujah Trail Improves To 7-for-8 At Golden Gate Fields

     The 5-year-old mare Hallelujah Trial loves Golden Gate Fields.

     Hallelujah Trail, trained by Blaine Wright, improved to 7-for-8 at the East Bay racetrack when she ran away to 3 1/4-length victory in Sunday’s $36,174 sprint feature.
Logical Single took second by three lengths over Broken Silence.

Pair Of Jockey-Trainer Combos Click At Golden Gate Fields

     A pair of jockey-trainer combinations clicked for a pair of victories Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     French jockey Julien Couton teamed up with trainer John F. Martin to win the first race with Final Journey ($6.60) and the fourth race with Make It a Cougar ($4.80).  

     Jockey Juan Hernandez hooked up with trainer Steve Miyadi to capture the fifth race with Crazy Kimber ($5.40) and the seventh with Gracias ($17.40).

Antares World 8-to-1 In $100,000 Stakes At Santa Anita Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields-based Antares World will try to rebound from her first start of 2011 when she competes in the $100,000 Valentine Dancer Handicap at Santa Anita Saturday.

      Antares World, trained by Steve Specht, is among the eight runners set to start in the Valentine Dancer, a one-mile turf race for California-bred fillies and mares.  Antares World is 8-to-1 on the morning line and will be ridden by Martin Garcia.

Baze Primed For Big Afternoon Before Heading Into Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

     Jockey Russell Baze will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Friday night in Oakland but not before he rides several “live horses” at Golden Gate Fields Friday afternoon.

    Post time at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m. and Baze has mounts in seven of the eight races on the card.  Post time for the Hall of Fame induction festivities, which will be held at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple in Oakland (4766 Lincoln, Ave.), is
6 p.m.

Lopez, Romero, Baze Celebrate Presidents’ Day With Riding Doubles At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockeys David Lopez, Russell Baze, and Hector Romero all celebrated Presidents’ Day by riding a pair of winners at Golden Gate Fields Monday.

     Lopez and Baze both scored their victories in back-to-back races.  
   
     Lopez captured the third race with 3-to-5 favorite Hoosier Honey ($3.40) and the fourth with 6-to-1 shot Icedmochanowhip ($15.60).  The Lopez Daily Double covering the two races paid $34.40.

Baze, Hernandez Record Sunday Triples; Presidents’ Day Racing Monday At GGF

     Golden Gate Fields celebrated the Chinese New Year with a nine-race card Sunday and the chief revelers among the crowd of 6,834 were jockeys Russell Baze and Juan Hernandez, who each rode three winners.

     Baze, who won four races Saturday, scored Sunday with big-time hunch play Sammy Choi ($3.20) in the third race, Knockout Artist ($6.20) in the fourth and Ironmann ($3.80) in the ninth.

      Baze sits atop the Golden Gate Fields jockey standings with 46 victories.