Racing News

Preakness Stakes Day Prompts Early Gate Openings At GGF

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the Preakness Day program from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will pipe in races three through 13 from Pimlico and post time for the third race is 8:43 a.m.  The Preakness Stakes is the 12th race on the card and will be run at 3:18 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race program and post time for the first race is
11:45 a.m.

Baze Goes 4-For-6 At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze kicked off the racing week at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Thursday.  

     Baze swept the first two races on the card with Soul in One ($4.40) and Piano Kitty ($8.00).  The $2 Baze Daily Double paid $18.20.

Bonde’s Sway Away Will Break From Post Position Six In Preakness Stakes

     Sway Away, who will try to give Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde a victory in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course Saturday, will break from post position six in the 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

    A capacity field of 14 runners will compete in the middle leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, which culminates with the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes on June 11 in New York.

Midnight Fiddle Improves To 2-For-4 For New Hall Of Famer Hollendorfer

     Midnight Fiddle, a well-bred colt trained by new Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, improved his record to 2-for-4 with a hard-fought victory in the $33,976 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Midnight Fiddle took the lead from Howmuchisit in midstretch and then held off Mind the Ladies and Barrel Knot to win the six-furlong sprint by a length in 1:11.56.  Mind the Ladies edged Barrel Knot by a nose for second.

Gig Harbor Wins Alcatraz Stakes In Wire-To-Wire Fashion At GGF

     There was no catching Gig Harbor in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Gig Harbor, ridden by Frank Alvarado and trained by Steve Specht, stole a
wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds.  Making his first start around two turns after going 2-for-3 in six-furlong sprints, Gig Harbor held off late-running Duke of Doom to score by a half-length in 1:44.17.  Cody Peak, at 36-to-1,   finished third.

Hollendorfer ‘Humbled’ By Election Into Hall Of Fame

     Shortly after receiving notice Friday that he had been elected into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer participated in a national teleconference.  Following are some of Hollendorfer’s comments from the teleconference.

National Museum of Racing announces 2011 Hall of Fame class

Official release from the National Museum of Racing:

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and the fillies Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty have been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 will be inducted on Friday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The ceremony is free and open to the public and for the second consecutive year will be televised live on HRTV.

Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall Of Fame Will Have ‘Day At The Races’ At GGF

     The Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization devoted to developing opportunities for less fortunate youth, will have “A Day At The Races” at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, May 22.

     The “Day At The Races” is a fund-raising event for the Oakland-based Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame and one person staunchly behind the cause is Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who will donate a percentage of his earnings from that day’s racing to the Hall.

Eight Entered In Alcatraz Stakes

     Eight 3-year-olds have been entered in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest that will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     The field for the Alcatraz, in post position order, is as follows: Life Is a Rock, Kevin Krigger rides; Offlee Wild Boys, Aaron Gryder; Cody Peak, Juan Hernandez; Gig Harbor, Frank Alvarado; Northern Causeway, Julien Couton; Anakin, David Lopez; Unbridled Endeavor, Inoel Beato; and Duke of Doom, Russell Baze.  All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.

Fans At GGF Can Take Aim At Multiple Carryovers

     Last Saturday was Kentucky Derby Day.  Thursday is Carryover Day.

     Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Thursday will have the opportunity – via simulcast wagering – to take aim at multiple carryovers, including the $514,583 Pick Six and $220,430 Super High Five carryover jackpots at Churchill Downs, where no one was able to hit either bet on Derby Day.