Racing News

Welcome Home Ryan Wins Match Race With Sandor

     Sandor and Welcome Home Ryan staged their own match race in the $24,000 feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and it was a thriller.
 
    Welcome Home Ryan, ridden by Catalino Martinez, surged powerfully in the final strides to win the one-mile race for older horses by a neck over Sandor and jockey Russell Baze.  
 

Alvarado And Specht Click Twice At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Frank Alvarado and trainer Steve Specht, a potent jockey-trainer combo in Northern California for many years, clicked twice at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
 
     Alvarado and Specht scored with a pair of heavy favorites, taking the third race with 6-5 choice Alpine Gathering and the sixth with 1-2 choice Adriatic Son ($3.00).
 

Jockey Hernandez Records Riding Hat Trick

     Jockey Juan Hernandez, capitalizing on some live mounts, recorded a riding hat trick Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Hernandez won the second race with even-money favorite Pairodice Ridge ($4.00), the fourth race with 9-5 second choice Perfect Set ($5.60), and the eighth race with 3-2 favorite Mia Isabel ($5.00).
 

Pepper Crown Scores Front-Running Victory

     Pepper Crown, rating nicely under jockey Juan Hernandez, posted a front-running victory in the $43,400 McCann’s Mojave allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
 
     Despite being hounded on the backstretch by 11-1 long shot Irish Art, Pepper Crown relaxed on the lead and cruised through fractions of :51.50 (half-mile) and 1:16.89 (six furlongs).
 
     Hernandez asked Pepper Crown to picked it up at the top of the stretch and the 

Stakes Victors Meet Thursday At Golden Gate Fields

     Four stakes-winners are among the six horses set to compete Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in the $35,000 McCann’s Mojave, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race for 4-year-olds and up. 
 

Happybirthdaybaby Completes Hat Trick For Hollendorfer

     Happybirthdaybaby, improving to 3-for-3 for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, scored a front-running victory in the $33,418 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
 
     Hollendorfer claimed Happybirthdaybaby for $32,000 on Nov. 11 at Golden Gate Fields and had her make her first start for his stable at Santa Anita, where she won a $40,000 claiming event down the track’s famed hillside turf course.
 

Favored Brilliant Melody Prevails In Blanket Finish

Brilliant Melody, the 9-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, fought off a host of challengers through the final furlong to win the $40,405 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
 
     In a blanket finish, Brilliant Melody prevailed by a neck over Koby Jo and English Royal.  Koby Jo took second by a nostril over English Royal, who finished a head in front of Esperanza Latina.  My Gal Candy finished fifth, a half-length behind Esperanza Latina and a head in front of last-place finisher Kitty Marie.

Simulcast Of Major Kentucky Derby Preps Featured Saturday

Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card Saturday and the program will be enhanced by the simulcast of two major Kentucky Derby preps – the Grade 2 $400,000 Fountain of Youth and the Grade 2 $400,000 Risen Star Stakes.
 

5-Year-Old Mare Seeks Sixth Straight Win Friday At Golden Gate Fields

Play Misty for Us will seek her sixth straight victory Friday at Golden Gate Fields when she faces seven rivals in a one-mile race for fillies and mares. 
 
     First post is 12:45 p.m. and Play Misty for Us will compete in the seventh and final race on the card, which will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.  
 

Zeewat Just Gets Up To Win Lost In The Fog Stakes

Zeewat, the heavy 4-5 favorite, made his backers sweat but eventually got the job done in the $51,605 Lost In The Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday.
 
     Ridden by Russell Baze, late-running Zeewat fought his way through traffic in the stretch and just got up to win the six-furlong sprint for older horses by a head over No Silent and French jockey Flavien Prat.