Racing News

Jockey Hernandez Starts Fast At GGF

     Jockey Juan Hernandez struck early and often Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Hernandez won three of the first five races.  He captured the first race with Miner Pic ($8.80), the fourth with Chief Little Man ($5.00) and the fifth with Saxman ($5.80).  
Hernandez teamed up with trainer Ed Moger, Jr. for the victories with Miner Pic and Saxman.

Early Post Time at GGF, $1 Specials, Flat-Screen Television Raffle Sunday

     Golden Gate Fields will celebrate Super Bowl Sunday by kicking off its racing program early, offering $1 specials, and giving away flat-screen televisions.

     Post time Sunday is 11:15 a.m., a starting time that makes its possible for fans to enjoy a card of horse racing and still get home in time for the big game.  General admission, general parking, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas all cost just a buck apiece.

Positive Response Has Drill For El Camino Real Derby

     California Derby winner Positive Response continued his preparation for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby by working a half-mile in :48 2/5 handily Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby will be run Saturday, Feb. 12, and is Northern California’s steppingstone race to the Triple Crown events.

      Jockey Julien Couton was aboard for Positive Response’s workout, a drill that satisfied trainer William E. Morey.

Jim’s No Preacher Stays Perfect; Miyadi Saddles Three Winners

     Jim’s No Preacher delivered another winning sermon at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     A 3-year-old colt by Ministers Wild Cat, Jim’s No Preacher improved his record to
3-for-3 when he posted an impressive front-running victory in the $41,032 allowance feature. 

Nor Cal Trainers Hoping To Score Upsets In Sunshine Millions Saturday

     Northern California trainers Jeff Bonde, Steve Specht and Jerry Hollendorfer are all hoping to score major upsets in the Sunshine Millions Saturday.

     A bicoastal event, the Sunshine Millions consists of six rich stakes races that are restricted to horses bred in California and Florida.  Three of the races are run at Santa Anita in Southern California and three are run at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

El Camino Real Derby Highlights February Racing Schedule at GGF

     The 30th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby highlights the February racing schedule at Golden Gate Fields.

     The El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s premier race for 3-year-olds who are hoping to make it to the Triple Crown events, will be run Saturday, Feb. 12.  

Shudacudawudya Makes Triumphant Return To Races

     Shudacudawudya made a triumphant return to the races Thursday when he rallied from just off the pace to win the $47,120 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Making his first start since recovering from a fracture in a hind leg, Shudacudawudya unleashed a strong stretch kick to win the six-furlong allowance contest by three-quarters of a length over Our Minesweeper.  

Join Russell Baze for his Induction into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

     Russell Baze will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 25, and racing fans are invited to join Russell for the induction ceremony, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple in Oakland (4766 Lincoln, Ave.).

Sunshine Millions Simulcast Saturday

     The simulcast of the Sunshine Millions, a bicoastal event featuring rich  stakes races at Gulfstream Park in Florida and Santa Anita in Southern California, will be featured Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Miss Match Makes Winning West Coast Debut at GGF

     The Argentine-bred mare Miss Match made a winning West Coast debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when she charged from last to first in the $40,000 allowance feature.

     Miss Match, winner of the Group I Argentine Oaks in 2008, made her first six starts in her homeland before coming to the U.S. in 2009.  She was based on the East Coast, where she won twice in 12 starts.