Racing News

Best Present Ever Favored In Campanile Stakes

      Best Present Ever, a winner of two straight races on turf, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Campanile is a one-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies bred in California.  The feature will be run at 4:25 p.m. and is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m.

Friday Twilight Card Features Pick Six Carryover of $39,089

      Golden Gate Fields kicks off June with an eight-race twilight card Friday.  Post time is 3:15 p.m. and there is a carryover of $39,089 in the Pick Six.

     The Pick Six, a $2 bet that requires handicappers to pick the winners of six consecutive races, will be held on races three through eight.  Post time for the third race is 4:15 p.m.

     Following is a look at the races in the Pick Six sequence.

Awesome Gem Awarded Berkeley Handicap Win When Positive Response Is Disqualified

     Positive Response crossed the wire first in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Monday but it was runner-up Awesome Gem who was ultimately declared the winner of the Grade 3 stakes for older horses.

     Positive Response defeated Awesome Gem by three-quarters of a length in the
1 1/16-mile contest but was disqualified from first and placed fourth by the stewards for interfering with fourth-place finisher Anthony’s Cross in deep stretch.  


     Golden Gate Fields officials will be making stops at various Bay Area locations to hand out large and tasty cookies that promote I’ll Have Another’s upcoming Triple Crown bid and also encourage people to attend Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, June 9, for the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes.

Richest Active Racehorse Awesome Gem Runs In Berkeley Handicap Monday

      The 9-year-old gelding Awesome Gem, who with more than $2.7 million in earnings is the richest active thoroughbred racehorse in the nation, will try to add to his bankroll Monday at Golden Gate Fields when he competes in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap.

Jockey Couton Has Big Saturday Afternoon

     French jockey Julien Couton enjoyed a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields, winning with his first three mounts and finishing in the money with two others.

     Couton captured the first race with Mtn Ranch Willy ($4.00), the third with One Lucky Guy ($8.60), and the fourth with Midnight Fiddle ($17.00).

     Couton piloted 24-1 outsider Dennika to a third-place finish in the fifth race and guided 6-1 Cardinals Gold to a runner-up placing in the sixth race.

Awesome Gem, Hudson Landing Head Berkeley Handicap Field

     Awesome Gem, who leads all active thoroughbred racehorses in earnings with $2,761,370, and Hudson Landing, the San Francisco Mile champion, head a field of eight runners entered in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.   

     A 1 1/16-mile event for older horses, the Berkeley headlines a special Memorial Day racing program Monday.  Memorial Day activities at Golden Gate Fields will include a free handicapping seminar, a sports bag giveaway, and a Family Day party.

$100,000 Berkeley Handicap Will Cap Busy Holiday Weekend

      The holiday weekend at Golden Gate Fields will feature a twilight racing card on Friday, the popular “Wiener Nationals” on Saturday, a Dollar Day card on Sunday, and the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap and a Family Day party on Monday, Memorial Day.

     The racing week begins with a seven-race program Thursday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m.

Alvarado Records Riding Triple

       Frank Alvarado capitalized on some live mounts to record a riding triple Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Alvarado won the second race with 3-1 second choice Darling Ciana ($8.20), the fifth with heavy 3-5 favorite Best Be Gone ($3.20), and the sixth with 8-5 favorite Galitzianer ($5.20).

All Gates Open At 9 A.M Saturday For Simulcast Of Preakness Stakes Card

      All admission gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 9 a.m. Saturday to facilitate the simulcast of racing from Pimlico Race Course, host of the Preakness Stakes.

     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast races four through 13 on the Preakness Stakes Day program, which features several stakes in addition to the $1 million Preakness, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.