Racing News

Jockeys Double Up At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockeys Aaron Gryder, Inoel Beato and Kevin Krigger all rode two winners and trainer Lloyd Mason saddled a pair of victors Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gryder won the first race with 5-to-1 Entrustment ($12.40) and the fourth race with
3-to-2 favorite Make It a Cougar ($5.00).  

     Beato scored his riding double with a pair of favorites, taking the second race with
8-to-5 Hamonic Motion ($5.20) and the fifth race with 5-to-2 Cahill Report ($7.60).

Hudson Landing Wires Fields On Turf; Florida Derby Simulcast Sunday

     Hudson Landing, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, pulled off a wire-to-wire victory in the $39,900 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

     Hudson Landing bested a very tough field – seven of the eight entrants owned stakes victories – in winning the one-mile allowance race by a length over 56-to-1 longshot Posse Power.  Awesome Gem, winner of the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup, finished third.

The Horses Are Back On Grass At Golden Gate Fields Saturday

     The first turf races of the 2010-2011 Golden Gate Fields meeting will be contested Saturday at the East Bay racetrack.  Post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.

     The fourth, sixth and eighth races will be decided on the Lakeside Turf Course and the three grass events have an average field size of nine runners.

Hollywood Gold Cup Champion Awesome Gem Runs Saturday At GGF

     Awesome Gem, winner of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup last year, will race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday in a salty allowance race for older horses.

    Awesome Gem is an 8-year-old gelding who has earned $2,279,682 in 39 career starts. Trained by Craig Dollase, Awesome Gem collected his first Grade 1 stakes victory last summer when he defeated Rail Trip by a half-length in the Hollywood Gold Cup.


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Hollendorfer On Hall of Fame Ballot

     Jerry Hollendorfer, the Bay Area’s all-time leading trainer and the fourth-winningest trainer in thoroughbred racing history with 5,911 victories, is among the first-time finalists for election to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.  

Bonde Headed To Kentucky Derby

     Trainer Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton is headed to the Kentucky Derby with his 3-year-old colt Twice the Appeal, who scored a 25-to-1 upset in the $800,000 Sunland Derby last Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

     Bonde said Twice the Appeal, who is stabled at Santa Anita, would train up to the “Run For The Roses.”  The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 7, at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Bonde’s 25-To-1 Shot Twice The Appeal Wins $800,000 Sunland Derby At Sunland Park

     Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde pulled off a shocker Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico when he captured the $800,000 Sunland Derby with 25-to-1 shot Twice the Appeal.
    Twice the Appeal, ridden by Christian Santiago-Reyes, took the lead from Astrology in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2-lengths in 1:50.91.  Astrology took second by a head over Ruler On Ice.

Positive Response Eighth In Vinery Spiral Stakes

     The Bay Area’s Positive Response finished a disappointing eighth as the 8-to-5 favorite in the $500,000 Vinery Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday.

     Animal Kingdom rallied from last in a field of 11 to win the 1 1/8-mile Spiral by
2 3/4 lengths over Decisive Moment.  Twinspired finished third.  Animal Kingdom was timed in 1:52.32 and paid $8.00.

Eyes On The Prize Posts Upset In GGF Feature

     Eyes On the Prize rallied from last in a field of seven to spring a 10-to-1 upset victory in the $36,768 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

     Eyes On the Prize, ridden by Leslie Mawing, charged down the middle of the stretch to win the 1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths over Catch Lorraine.  Bleach Blonde finished third, a neck behind Catch Lorraine and a neck in front of 2-to-1 favorite Broken Silence.