Racing News

Specht Runners Finish One-Two In Opening-Day Feature At Golden Gate Fields

     Trainer Steve Specht nailed the exacta in the opening-day feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday when his 4-year-old gelding Photo Shopped defeated his
4-year-old colt Dixico by a neck in a $32,380 allowance contest.

     Photo Shopped, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Frank Alvarado, won the one-mile main event in 1:41.31 and paid $6.80.  Dixico took second by a half-length over Marine Fog, who finished a half-length in front of Simply Sharp in the blanket finish.

Jockey Carr Back From New York For Opening Of Golden Gate Fields Fall Meeting

     New Yorker Dennis Carr, who finished second in the jockey standings at five consecutive Golden Gate Fields meetings from 1998-2000, will be back at the East Bay racetrack Thursday for opening day of the 2012 fall meeting.

    The fall season runs through Sunday, Dec. 16, and racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     Carr has had two prior successful stays in Northern California.  

Golden Gate Fields Open For Simulcast Wagering; East Bay Track Will Open Fall Meeting October 18

     Thoroughbred racing is back on the fair circuit and Golden Gate Fields will simulcast all the action from the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton and the Big Fresno Fair.  The Stockton meet runs from Sept. 20-30 and will be followed by the Big Fresno Fair, which will run from Oct. 4-14.

Baze Wins Four Races On Closing Day To Earn 43rd Career Riding Title At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze won four races on the closing-day card of the summer meeting to earn his 43rd career riding title at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Julien Couton held a 24-23 advantage over Baze in the jockey standings heading into the finale but the Frenchman went 0-for-5 while Baze went 4-for-7 to finish the 17-day meeting with 27 victories.  Baze won the riding championship despite missing two days of the short meeting due to out-of-town engagements.

Couton Enters Closing-Day Card With Lead In Jockey Standings After Riding Two Winners

     Julien Couton rode two winners Saturday at Golden Gate Fields to take   sole possession of first place in the jockey standings with one day remaining at the summer meeting.

     The 17-day summer session concludes with a nine-race card Sunday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. and Couton goes into the finale holding a 24-23 advantage over Russell Baze in the rider standings.

Couton, Baze Each Win To Remain Tied For Top Spot In Jockey Standings

     Julien Couton and Russell Baze both won races Friday at Golden Gate Fields and remain tied for first in the jockey standings heading into the final two days of the summer meeting, which concludes Sunday.

     Couton went 1-for-6 Friday and scored his victory with heavy favorite Curly Girl ($3.20), who won the fourth race at odds of 3-5.  Baze went 1-for-4 and notched his win with first-time starter Mum’s Truckee ($14.60), who rallied down the stretch to win the seventh race at odds of 6-1.

Baze, Couton Tied Atop Jockey Standings Heading Into Final Days Of Summer Meet

     Golden Gate Fields will wrap up its summer meeting with racing programs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. each day and Russell Baze and Julien Couton head into the final three days tied atop the jockey standings with 21 wins apiece.

Trainer Morey Wins Daily Double With Longshot And Favorite

     Trainer William J. Morey, Jr. used a longshot and heavy favorite to sweep the early Daily Double at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Morey won the first race with Lil Angelina, who at 8-1 was the largest price on the tote board in a field of five fillies and mares.  Ridden by Jesus Velazquez, Lil Angelina led every step of the way in the one-mile turf race and paid $18.60.

Bleach Blonde Rallies From Last To First At Golden Gate Fields

     Bleach Blonde, racing six furlongs for the first time in more than three years, rallied from last to first to win the $40,992 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

     A 5-year-old mare trained by Lloyd Mason, Bleach Blonde blew by the leaders in the final furlong and scored by four lengths under jockey Alejandro Gomez.  Special Holiday took second by half-length over Lady of Fifty.

Lady of Fifty Returns To Races Saturday

     California Oaks winner Lady of Fifty will make her return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when she faces six opponents in the $34,000 allowance feature.

     Lady of Fifty won three straight stakes at Golden Gate Fields last winter, a hat trick that was completed with her 3 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 California Oaks on
Jan. 21.