Racing News

Lookin For Jonesy Runs Down Favorites In Final Strides

     Lookin for Jonesy, a 9-1 shot ridden by Frank Alvarado, ran down the top two betting choices in the final strides to score an upset victory in the $34,494 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Lookin for Jonesy rallied from last in a field of six to win the six-furlong allowance race by a neck over Moojha, the 4-1 second choice.  Mooja took second by a head over Justalittleloopy, the heavy 3-5 favorite.

Wildcat Moon Edges Stablemate Eight Stitches In Sprint Feature

     Wildcat Moon collared stablemate Eight Stitches in midstretch and then inched away from the favorite in the final yards to win the $30,318 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by three-quarters of a length Saturday.

     Wildcat Moon and Eight Stitches are both trained by Jeff Bonde, who saw his runners stage an exciting battle down the lane.  Wildcat Moon, ridden by Dennis Carr, proved strongest and edged Eight Stitches, the 3-5 choice ridden by Russell Baze.

Lord Vronsky Extends Winning Streak To Five Races

     Lord Vronsky recorded his fifth straight victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he charged from off the pace to win the 5 1/2-furlong fourth race by 2 1/4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Bwana Be Gone.
    The win capped a fine 2012 campaign for Lord Vronsky, who amassed five wins, two seconds and a third in eight starts on the year.  Lord Vronsky has inched up the class ladder during his winning streak as he has won for claiming tags of $4,000, $5,000, $8,000 (twice), and $10,000.

Shi’ah Sand Pays $265.60 To Win At Golden Gate Fields

     The 4-year-old filly Shi’ah Sand, victorious just once in 33 previous starts, tested the fuses in the tote board at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday when she scored at odds of
131-1 on opening day of the track’s 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting.

Golden Gate Fields Opens 2012-2013 Winter/Spring Meeting Wednesday

     The 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields, which will feature 101 days of thoroughbred racing, opens Wednesday with a nine-race program.  Post time for the opener is 12:15 p.m.

     The winter/spring season runs through June 16 and will feature 11 stakes races, including the $100,000 California Derby on Jan. 12, the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 16, the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile on April 27, and the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on May 27 (Memorial Day).

Free Simulcast Wagering

   Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on racing from East Coast racetracks as well Cal Expo Harness in Sacramento and Los Alamitos Quarter Horse racing in Southern California this Friday through Sunday (Dec.21-23).  Golden Gate Fields is offering free parking and free admission to the simulcast programs, which will be held in the club house.  Gates open at 10 a.m.

Positive Response Proves Best In Closing-Day Feature

     Positive Response gave his owners and chalk players an early Christmas present when he captured the $34,300 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, closing day of the track’s 2012 fall meeting.

     Positive Response took the lead from All American champion Hudson Landing turning into the stretch and then held off Massone and Photo Shopped down the lane to win the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length in 1:37.68.

Gig Harbor Repeats Allowance Win In Oakland Stakes

     Just as he did in winning an allowance race on Nov. 18, Gig Harbor shot to the front at the start and never looked back Saturday while scoring a dominating victory in the $53,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

    Gig Harbor, breaking from post position one under jockey Frank Alvarado, took command immediately from 6-5 favorite Ain’t No Other and maintained a clear lead through fractions of 22.56 and 45.31.  

Ain’t No Other Is Slight Favorite On Oakland Stakes Morning Line

     The $50,000 Oakland Stakes will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and one look at odds maker Steve Martinelli’s morning line reveals how well balanced the field is in the six-furlong feature.

     Martinelli tabbed Ain’t No Other as the 2-1 favorite.  Gig Harbor is the second choice at 5-2 and he’s followed by Shudacudawudya at 3-1 and Shrug at 7-2.  Cardiffbythesea is 6-1 and the lone outsider in the field of six is Northern Causeway at 20-1.

Oakland Stakes, Tough Allowance Heat Top Closing Weekend

     The 2012 fall meeting at Golden Gate Fields concludes with an eight-race program Friday and nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     Closing weekend will be highlighted by the $50,000 Oakland Stakes on Saturday and a $35,000 allowance race on Sunday that attracted All American Stakes winner Hudson Landing.