Racing News

Sheila’s Footsteps Gets First Victory In United States

Sheila’s Footsteps earned his first U.S. victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he rallied from last in a field of eight to take the $30,555 allowance feature in decisive fashion.
 
     Bred in Great Britain, Sheila’s Footsteps went 1-for-4 in his homeland as a 2-year-old and then went winless in four starts as a 3-year-old while racing in the U.S.  After finishing third in his 4-year-old debut on Jan. 24, Sheila’s Footsteps ended his victory drought with a powerful stretch kick Sunday.

Victory Aboard Impressive Maiden Winner Kentuckian Caps Five-Win Day For Baze

Jockey Russell Baze rode five winners Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, including the very impressive maiden winner Kentuckian, who won the six-furlong ninth race by 11 lengths in a sizzling 1:08.96. 
 
     Earlier in the card, Baze won the opener with Lucky to Stay Home ($3.40), the fifth race with Step On the Gas ($7.00), the sixth with Here Comes the Sun ($4.80), and the seventh with Handfull ($3.00).
 

Golden Gate Fields-Based Shared Belief Favored In $1 Million Santa Anita Handicap

     Golden Gate Fields-based Shared Belief is a 3-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the Grade 1 $1 million Santa Anita Handicap Saturday. 
 
     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire 11-race Big ’Cap card from its sister track, Santa Anita, where first post is noon.  First post at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m.
 

Baze Breaks Out Of Slump With Riding Double

     Leading jockey Russell Baze, who notched just two wins from 19 mounts last week, kicked off this week’s racing at Golden Gate Fields with a riding double Thursday. 
 
     Baze had a case of “seconditis” last week as he finished as the runner-up in eight races.  The Hall of Famer wasted no time getting in the winner’s circle Thursday as he won the first race with Ninnavee ($3.40).  
 

Simulcast Of $1 Million Santa Anita Handicap, Derby Preps Featured Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields will supplement its nine-race card Saturday with the simulcast of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap as well as three Kentucky Derby prep races.
 
     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire 11-race Big ’Cap card from its sister track, Santa Anita, where first post is noon.  First post at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m.
 

Moonshine Bay Dominates In Sprint Feature

     The classy veteran Moonshine Bay led from start to finish in dominating five rivals in the $31,541 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     Ridden by Ricardo Gonzalez, Moonshine Bay immediately opened up a clear advantage and never let his opponents get within a length while running six furlongs in 1:10.70.  A Toast to You finished second, 1 1/4 lengths behind Moonshine Bay and a nose in front of Fly Boy Roy. 
 

Toruk Makto Takes Wide Route To Winner’s Circle

     Toruk Makto covered more real estate than his six rivals but still managed to pull off a gutsy victory in the $31,994 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     Toruk Makto broke from post seven in the 1 1/16-mile race for older horses and was forced to race wide around both the club house turn and the far turn.  Once straightened away for the stretch drive, Toruk Makto outran his rivals to the wire to score by a head over Eagle Screams.

$100,000 Colt Gets Second Win At Golden Gate Fields

     Midnight Destiny, a Kentucky-bred colt who was purchased as yearling for $100,000, notched his second career victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Midnight Destiny came from a few lengths off the pace to win the featured one-mile allowance race for 3-year-olds by three-quarters of a length over Senna, who was disqualified from second and placed fourth for drifting out and interfering with Many Routes in midstretch.
 

Rush In Improves To 2-For-2 In 2015; Gonzalez Rides Three Winners

Rush In improved to 2-for-2 on the year when he got up in the last jump to win the $23,105 sprint feature by a nose Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
    Claimed out of his previous race for $12,500 by trainer Jeff Bonde, Rush In faced $25,000 claiming company Thursday and rallied down the stretch to nail 11-1 outsider El Rey Fernando on the wire.
 

Qiaona Ends Losing Streak With Smart Score

Qiaona earned her first win in more than 16 months when she came from off the pace to post a 1 1/2-length victory in the $34,325 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. 
 
     Ridden by Juan Hernandez in the one-mile race for fillies and mares, Qiaona began her winning move on the far turn and reached the front in midstretch.  Qiaona held off Charlie’s Angel through the final furlong to notch her first win since Oct. 12, 2013, when she captured the California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita.