Racing News

Greatest Escape Escapes With Narrow Win

     Greatest Escape escaped with a narrow victory in the $39,260 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Greatest Escape, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, ran down 9-5 favorite Habit Forming and jockey Russell Baze in the final strides to score by a half-length.  Vincenza finished third.

Zeewat Rolls To Victory In Gold Rush Stakes

     Zeewat, sporting blinkers for the first time, ran away from his rivals down the stretch and scored a 3 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Jockey Russell Baze, Zeewat’s regular rider, felt his colt wasn’t focused when he ran a lackluster third in the Golden Nugget Stakes on Nov. 10.  Baze suggested to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer that he put blinkers on Zeewat and Hollendorfer listened to the Hall of Fame rider.

Zeewat Is 8-5 Choice In Gold Rush Stakes

     Zeewat, winner of the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Gold Rush, a one-mile test for 2-year-olds, attracted a field of six and is the featured third race on a nine-race program.  Post time for the Gold Rush is     1:45 p.m.  Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m.

Miyadi Tightens Up Race For Leading Trainer By Saddling Two Winners

     Steve Miyadi, the second-leading conditioner at the Golden Gate Fields fall meeting, tightened up the race for top trainer honors by saddling a pair of winners Thursday.

     Miyadi captured the one-mile first race with Glorious Madness, who crossed the wire a neck in front of Star Genesis.  Glorious Madness, the 3-1 second choice ridden by Jesus Velazquez, paid $8.40 after recording her second straight victory.

Zeewat Will Try A Mile In Gold Rush Stakes

     Zeewat has won a stakes race sprinting and Saturday he’ll try to prove he can win one going around two turns when he competes in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Dixico Scores Wire-To-Wire Victory

     Dixico recorded his second straight victory and his third win in his last four starts when he led from start to finish in the one-mile feature race at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Superbly rated on the lead by jockey Kerwin John, Dixico got away with leisurely fractions of :25.42 (opening quarter of a mile), :50.57 (half-mile) and 1:15.14 (six furlongs).  

     The soft pace allowed Dixico to have plenty left for the stretch drive and the

Marks Mine Turns Tables On Ciao Bella Luna In Golden Gate Debutante

     Marks Mine, defeated by Ciao Bella Luna in an allowance race on Oct. 25, turned the tables on the heavily-favored filly in the $60,550 Golden Gate Debutante Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Marks Mine led from start to finish in the six-furlong feature for 2-year-old fillies and held off Ciao Bella Luna down the stretch to score by 1 1/4 lengths in a quick 1:09.78.  Ciao Bella, the 2-5 favorite, took second by 3 1/4 lengths over My Lil Shamrock.

Ciao Bella Luna Even Money Favorite In Golden Gate Debutante

     Golden Gate Fields odds maker Steve Martinelli has made Ciao Bella Luna a strong even money favorite in the $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

    The Debutante, a six-furlong dash for 2-year-old fillies, headlines a nine-race Saturday program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Debutante is 1:47 p.m.

Jockey Cedillo Rides Winners Of Late Daily Double

     Jockey Abel Cedillo rode the winners of the late Daily Double Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Cedillo won the 5 1/2-furlong sixth race with heavy 1-2 favorite Easy Going Boykie, who rallied from fifth in a field of eight to score by one length over Draw Two Buck.  Trained by Steve Miyadi, Easy Going Boykie paid $3.00 after recording his second straight victory and his third win in seven career starts.

Undefeated Filly Ciao Bella Luna In Golden Gate Debutante Field

     Ciao Bella Luna will seek her third win in as many starts when she faces five rivals Saturday in the $50,000 Golden Gate Debutante at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Golden Gate Debutante is a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies and Ciao Bella Luna will break from post position one.  Ridden to victory by Eric Camacho in her first two six-furlong races, Ciao Bella Luna will be piloted by jockey Russell Baze when she makes her stakes debut in the Debutante.