Racing News

Hodge Is Morning-Line Favorite In $100,000 California Derby

     Hodge, who ran third at odds of 21-to-1 in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes in his last start, will be a much shorter price on the tote board Saturday when he competes in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

     Hodge is the 9-to-5 morning-line favorite in the California Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds that serves as a springboard to Northern California’s most important Triple Crown prep – the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, which will be run Feb. 18.

Baze Will Seek Sixth California Derby Win Saturday At Golden Gate Fields

     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze will try to gain sole possession of the record for most California Derby victories Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he rides Hodge in the 97th running of the historic feature for 3-year-olds.

     Baze has won the California Derby five times, a record he shares with the late Hall of Fame rider Johnny Longden, who recorded his victories well before Baze rode his first race.

Gold Rush Stakes Champ Russian Greek Among Seven Entered In California Derby

     Russian Greek, a promising son of Giant’s Causeway who has two wins in three starts, heads a field of seven 3-year-olds entered in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

     The California Derby will be run Saturday and all fans attending Cal Derby Day will receive a free Golden Gate Fields hooded sweatshirt.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.  The California Derby is the eighth race on the program and will be run at approximately 4:22 p.m.

Hernandez Follows Up Three-Win Saturday By Riding Four Winners Sunday At GGF

     Jockey Juan Hernandez followed up his riding hat trick on Saturday by riding four more winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     In recording his four-bagger, Hernandez won the second race with Certified Diamond ($6.80), the third with Do What U Dare ($7.80), the fifth with Move Over Marino ($4.80), and the eighth with Big Honey Bee ($11.20).

Point Lobos Improves To 6-For-12 At Golden Gate Fields

     The 6-year-old gelding Point Lobos upped his career batting average at Golden Gate Fields to .500 Saturday when he won the $33,940 allowance feature.

     Point Lobos outran 12-to-1 outsider Fire in Excess down the stretch to take the six-furlong contest for older horses by a half-length.  Jaylo Marino, the 3-to-2 favorite, lacked racing room on the turn and through most of the stretch run and finished a hard-luck third.

Russian Greek Among 11 Nominees To $100,000 California Derby

     Gold Rush Stakes winner Russian Greek is among the 11 horses nominated to the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

     The California Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, will be run Saturday,
Jan. 14.  The race serves as a steppingstone to the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, a 1 1/8-mile contest that will be run Feb. 18.

Apprentice Rider From Czech Republic Makes Her Golden Gate Fields Debut Friday

     Apprentice rider Eliska Kubinova, a 23-year-old native of Jesenik, Czech Republic, will compete at Golden Gate Fields for the first time Friday when she rides Princess Annabella in the fifth race.

     Kubinova began her American riding career last summer at Emerald Downs in Washington and scored her first victory with her fifth mount, 26-to-1 outsider Get Going, who paid $55.

Attendance, Handle Averages Were Up At Golden Gate Fields In 2011

     Golden Gate Fields achieved increases in its on-track attendance and handle averages in 2011, a year in which the East Bay racetrack conducted 157 days of racing compared to 174 in 2010.

     The average daily on-track attendance in 2011 was 2,616, up 8.8 percent from the 2010 figure of 2,403.  The average daily overall attendance (Golden Gate Fields and the Northern California off-track wagering facilities) was up 5.3 percent, from 5,367 in 2010 to 5,650 in 2011.

Meet Announcer Michael Wrona Jan 11 at Tanforan Mall

     Racing fans will have the chance to meet acclaimed Golden Gate Fields announcer, Michael Wrona during a special guest appearance at the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, CA on Wednesday, January 11 from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Michael Wrona will be highlighting the upcoming events taking place at Golden Gate Fields like the $100,000 California Derby on Saturday, January 14.