Racing News

Jockey Couton Has Big Saturday Afternoon

     French jockey Julien Couton enjoyed a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields, winning with his first three mounts and finishing in the money with two others.

     Couton captured the first race with Mtn Ranch Willy ($4.00), the third with One Lucky Guy ($8.60), and the fourth with Midnight Fiddle ($17.00).

     Couton piloted 24-1 outsider Dennika to a third-place finish in the fifth race and guided 6-1 Cardinals Gold to a runner-up placing in the sixth race.

Awesome Gem, Hudson Landing Head Berkeley Handicap Field

     Awesome Gem, who leads all active thoroughbred racehorses in earnings with $2,761,370, and Hudson Landing, the San Francisco Mile champion, head a field of eight runners entered in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.   

     A 1 1/16-mile event for older horses, the Berkeley headlines a special Memorial Day racing program Monday.  Memorial Day activities at Golden Gate Fields will include a free handicapping seminar, a sports bag giveaway, and a Family Day party.

$100,000 Berkeley Handicap Will Cap Busy Holiday Weekend

      The holiday weekend at Golden Gate Fields will feature a twilight racing card on Friday, the popular “Wiener Nationals” on Saturday, a Dollar Day card on Sunday, and the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap and a Family Day party on Monday, Memorial Day.

     The racing week begins with a seven-race program Thursday.  Post time is 1:15 p.m.

Alvarado Records Riding Triple

       Frank Alvarado capitalized on some live mounts to record a riding triple Sunday at Golden Gate Fields. 

     Alvarado won the second race with 3-1 second choice Darling Ciana ($8.20), the fifth with heavy 3-5 favorite Best Be Gone ($3.20), and the sixth with 8-5 favorite Galitzianer ($5.20).

All Gates Open At 9 A.M Saturday For Simulcast Of Preakness Stakes Card

      All admission gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 9 a.m. Saturday to facilitate the simulcast of racing from Pimlico Race Course, host of the Preakness Stakes.

     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast races four through 13 on the Preakness Stakes Day program, which features several stakes in addition to the $1 million Preakness, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

Preakness Stakes Betting Begins Friday At Golden Gate Fields

      Golden Gate Fields will accept wagers on Saturday’s 137th running of the Preakness Stakes during its live racing program Friday afternoon and also during its morning and nighttime simulcast programs.

Golden Gate Fields Opening Early Saturday For Simulcast Of Preakness Card

      Golden Gate Fields will open all admission gates at 9 a.m. Saturday in order to simulcast the majority of the Preakness Stakes Day card from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast races four through 13 from Pimlico.  Post time for the fourth race is 9:37 a.m.  Post time for the Preakness Stakes, race No. 12, is 3:18 p.m.


     Stoney Fleece, who finished behind Chips All In in a pair of turf stakes at Santa Anita, turned the tables on his Southern California rival Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he got up in the last jump to win the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes by a nose.

Chips All In For $75,000 Pot In Alcatraz Stakes

     Chips All In will put his perfect turf record on the line Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he faces six rivals in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes.

     The Alcatraz is for 3-year-olds and will be run at 1 1/16-miles on the Lakeside Turf Course.  Chips All In is 2-for-2 on grass with the victories coming in the Eddie Logan and Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita.