Racing News

Racing Week Begins With $40,009 Pick Six Carryover

The racing week at Golden Gate Fields begins Thursday with an attractive carryover of $40,009 in the Pick Six. 
 
     Post time for the seven-race program is 12:45 p.m. and the Pick Six will be held on races two through seven.  Post time for the second race is 1:15 p.m. 
 

Feature Race Victory Highlights Four-Win Day For Baze

A wire-to-wire victory aboard Pepnic in the $38,650 allowance feature highlighted a four-win Sunday afternoon for jockey Russell Baze at Golden Gate Fields.  
 
     Baze committed thievery in the one-mile race with Pepnic, who was allowed to loaf on the lead through fractions of 52.62 (half-mile) and 1:17.06 (six furlongs) en route to winning in 1:40.25.
 

Streamside Dominates In Sprint Feature

Streamside, the third betting choice in a field of five, recorded a dominating victory in the $34,534 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
 
     Ridden by Isaias Enriquez, Streamside zoomed to the lead soon after the start and maintained a clear advantage to the wire while completing six furlongs in a good 1:10.15.
Zehner’s Zenna, the 8-5 second choice, finished second, 2 1/4 lengths behind Streamside and a length in front of 3-2 favorite Solar Tex.
 

Solar Tex Seeks Fourth Straight Win Saturday

Solar Tex will gun for his fourth straight victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he meets four tough opponents in the $31,000 sprint feature.
 
     The six-furlong allowance dash for 3-year-olds and up is the third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  The local card will be enhanced by the simulcast of two major Kentucky Derby preps – the $1 million Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach and the $1 million Louisiana Derby from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
 

Giant Ego Repeats For Specht And Alvarado

     In nearly a duplication of his previous race, Giant Ego came from just off the pace to win the $28,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by a half-length Thursday. 
 
     Giant Ego, who defeated the speedy Wildcat Moon by a half-length in a similar race on March 8, once again overhauled that rival in the stretch and then just held off Soldiers Point.  Soldiers Point took second by a neck over Wildcat Moon.
 

Giant Ego 9-5 Favorite In Sprint Feature

     Giant Ego, who scored a game victory as the favorite in his last race, is the 9-5 morning line choice in Thursday’s $28,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Giant Ego was bet down to 3-2 odds in a $40,000 claiming race at six-furlongs on March 8 and the 4-year-old gelding dug in tenaciously down the stretch to defeat Wildcat Moon by a half-length.
 

Heavy Favorite G. G. Ryder Too Tough In Feature

G. G. Ryder, the 2-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, proved too tough in the $35,505 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     G. G. Ryder seized the lead from pacesetter Candy Passion at the top of the stretch and then held off Terrys Tom Cat through the final furlong to win the one-mile test for 
3-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths.  Charlie Thomas finished third.
 

Trainer Hansen Goes 2-For-2

Trainer Roger Hansen, who had just one winner from 23 starters through 51 days of racing at the winter/spring meeting, went 2-for-2 Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Hansen won the six-furlong third race with Love Rules All ($7.00), who just held off 30-1 long shot Hypnatique by a half-length.  Love Rules All was ridden by William Antongeorgi, III.  
 

Mackey To Take Over As Racing Secretary At Golden Gate Fields

ALBANY  --  Patrick Mackey, who served as assistant racing secretary for the New York Racing Association from 2010-2012 after holding the same position at Arlington Park and Gulfstream Park, will take over as racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields beginning in mid-May.   
 

Gonzalez, Amador Ride A Pair Of Winners

     Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez and jockey Silvio Amador both rode a pair of winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Gonzalez’ wins bookended the seven-race program.  Gonzalez won the first race with Gray Madam ($6.80), who edged the Amador-ridden Wild Nicole by a half-length, and the seventh with heavy favorite No Baby ($3.80).