Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Opens Summer Meeting Friday Afternoon With ‘Happy Hour’ Racing

     Golden Gate Fields opens its 2012 summer meeting Friday with a “Happy Hour” racing program that features half-price admission, food and drink specials, and live music between races.  Post time for the eight-race opener is 3:45 p.m.

     The 17-day summer session runs through Sunday, Sept. 16, and racing will be conducted on a Friday-through-Sunday schedule.  There will be special racing cards on Monday, Sept. 3 (Labor Day), and Wednesday, Sept. 5 (closing day at Del Mar).

Happy Hour Racing, Family Fun Days, Dollar Sundays All On Tap At Golden Gate Fields Summer Meeting

     Golden Gate Fields will present Happy Hour racing programs on the first three Fridays of the 2012 summer meeting, which opens Friday, Aug. 17, and continues through Sunday, Sept. 16.

     The Happy Hour cards will be held on Aug. 17, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31 and feature half-price admission, food and drink specials, and live music between races.  Post time for the Happy Hour programs is 3:45 p.m.

Golden Gate Fields Open All Summer For Simulcast Wagering

     Golden Gate Fields will be open all summer for simulcast wagering on horseracing action from across the country.  Live racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 17, when the East Bay track opens its 2012 summer meeting.

     Simulcast wagering is offered on a Wednesday-through-Sunday schedule in the Golden Gate Fields club house.  Gates open at 10 a.m.

Leading Men At GGF Team Up For Victory On Closing Day

     Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the leading men at Golden Gate Fields, teamed up for a victory on closing day of the track’s 2011-2012 winter/spring season.  The Sunday finale attracted a crowd of 8,189.

Anytime Magic Breaks Maiden In Lost In The Fog Stakes

     Anytime Magic made his first start a memorable one by rambling to a
2 1/4-length victory in the $54,650 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

    A Kentucky-bred son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, Anytime Magic captured the five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds in :59.59 under jockey David Lopez.  Native Treasure, the 6-5 favorite, took second by 1 1/2 lengths over Saint Prado.

Native Treasure 5-2 Favorite In Lost In The Fog Stakes

     Native Treasure, who led every step of the way en route to winning his career debut by three lengths, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $50,000-added Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Saturday is Fan Appreciation Day at Golden Gate Fields.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. and fans attending the races with a paid admission will receive a coupon good for a free gift.  Sports bags, sweatshirts, clocks, frames, blankets and chairs are among the items that will be given away.

U.S. Open Hunch Plays At Golden Gate Fields Thursday As Final Week Begins

     The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields’ 2011/2012 winter-spring meeting begins Thursday with an eight-race card.  Post time is 1:15 p.m.

     Closing weekend will feature an eight-race twilight card on Friday and 10-race programs on Saturday and Sunday.  Post time Friday is 3:15 p.m.  First post Saturday and Sunday is 1:15 p.m.

Smarty Corn Scores Wire-To-Wire Win In Front Of 9,346 At Golden Gate Fields

     Smarty Corn, rated smartly on the lead by jockey Francisco Duran, posted a wire-to-wire victory in the $35,685 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday in front of a festive crowd of 9,346.

     The attendance for the Hispanic Heritage Day program was the second-largest gathering at Golden Gate Fields in 18 years.  A Sunday crowd of 11,462 attended the track on April 5, 2009.

Hollendorfer’s Shrewd Buy Summer Hit Wins Silky Sullivan Stakes

     Summer Hit, a 3-year-old gelding purchased by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer shortly after his impressive victory in a modest $12,500 maiden-claiming race, continues to make Hollendorfer look good.

     Summer Hit has three wins, a second, and a third in five starts for Hollendorfer and Saturday at Golden Gate Fields he earned his first stakes victory when he defeated 4-5 favorite Stoney Fleece by a neck in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes.