Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Continues Winter Meet

BERKELEY, CALIF – March 15, 2011 - Golden Gate Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, located just off I-80 in Berkeley, eight miles from downtown Oakland and 11 miles from San Francisco, continues its winter meet with live racing every Thursday through Sunday through April and Wednesday through Sunday from May 1 until June 12, 2011.


     A wish came true at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday when Sierra Olson, a 14-year-old girl suffering from Evan’s Syndrome (an autoimmune disease), accompanied veterinarian Dr. Ken Alison on his rounds through the barn of trainer Terry Knight.

Sherman Saddles Four Winners At GGF

     There were eight races run at Golden Gate Fields Friday and trainer Steve Sherman won half of them.

     Sherman, the second-leading conditioner at the meeting with 30 victories, teamed up with four different jockeys while recording his four-bagger.

Checkinuponyou Speeds To Impressive Victory At GGF

     Checkinuponyou sped to the lead immediately after leaving the gate and then held off Southern California invader Position A through the stretch to earn a hard-fought victory in the $31,660  sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Checkinuponyou, ridden by Frank Alvarado, defeated Position A by a neck in the
5 1/2-furlong dash for older horses while clocking an impressive time of 1:03.23.  Gold Aly finished third, five lengths behind Position A.

Racing Week At GGF Begins With Pick Six Carryover

     A Pick Six carryover of $20,271 will greet handicappers when racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     A $2 wager, the Pick Six challenges bettors to pick the winners of six consecutive races.  The third through eighth races make up the Pick Six sequence Thursday and post time for the third race is 1:45 p.m.

Jakesam Among 10 In San Felipe Stakes

     Jakesam, second in both the California Derby and El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, is among the 10 entrants in Saturday’s $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

     A Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds, the San Felipe is a 1 1/16-mile race that serves as a steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.  Jakesam, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, will break from post position eight in the San Felipe and be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela.

Positive Response Romps In Battaglia At Turfway Park

     Validating the supreme confidence of his trainer, Positive Response rambled to a seven-length victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., Saturday night.

     “I hate to say it, but he ran like I expected,” said trainer William E. Morey shortly after the victory.  The day prior to the race, Morey said he was “very confident” Positive Response would triumph in the 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds.

Lady Railrider, Antares World Run One-Two In GGF Feature

     Lady Railrider outran stablemate Antares World down the stretch to earn a hard-fought victory in the $48,660 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

     Trainer Steve Specht watched his 6-year-old mare Lady Railrider rally along the rail to defeat his 4-year-old filly Antares World by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares.  Pretty Katherine charged down the middle of the track to take third and was only beaten a head for second.

Positive Response Favored At Turfway Park

     Northern California’s Positive Response is a 5-to-2 favorite on the morning line to capture the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, Saturday night.

     Positive Response, winner of the California Derby and Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, will face eight rivals in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds.  Positive Response will break from post position six under Bay Area jockey Julien Couton.

Leading Men At GGF Add To Victory Totals With Big Days

     Golden Gate Fields’ leading men, jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, padded their victory totals Thursday afternoon.

     Baze won half of the races on the eight-race card while Hollendorfer notched a “natural” training hat trick by saddling the winner in three straight races.