Racing News

Baze Completes Big Weekend With Four-Victory Afternoon

     Jockey Russell Baze completed a very successful weekend at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Sunday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze rode three winners Friday and had a riding double Saturday that included a victory in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes aboard Best Present Ever.  

Best Present Ever Dominates In Campanile Stakes

     Best Present Ever recorded her third straight victory on turf Saturday when she humbled five opponents in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     Ridden by Russell Baze and trained by Eric Kruljac, Best Present Ever came from just off the pace to win the one-mile grass race for California-bred 3-year-old fillies by five lengths.  Oh Molly Brannigan, who set the pace under jockey Juan Hernandez, took second by 2 1/2 lengths over Warren’s Amber.

Best Present Ever Favored In Campanile Stakes

      Best Present Ever, a winner of two straight races on turf, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Campanile is a one-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies bred in California.  The feature will be run at 4:25 p.m. and is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m.

Friday Twilight Card Features Pick Six Carryover of $39,089

      Golden Gate Fields kicks off June with an eight-race twilight card Friday.  Post time is 3:15 p.m. and there is a carryover of $39,089 in the Pick Six.

     The Pick Six, a $2 bet that requires handicappers to pick the winners of six consecutive races, will be held on races three through eight.  Post time for the third race is 4:15 p.m.

     Following is a look at the races in the Pick Six sequence.

Awesome Gem Awarded Berkeley Handicap Win When Positive Response Is Disqualified

     Positive Response crossed the wire first in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Monday but it was runner-up Awesome Gem who was ultimately declared the winner of the Grade 3 stakes for older horses.

     Positive Response defeated Awesome Gem by three-quarters of a length in the
1 1/16-mile contest but was disqualified from first and placed fourth by the stewards for interfering with fourth-place finisher Anthony’s Cross in deep stretch.  


     Golden Gate Fields officials will be making stops at various Bay Area locations to hand out large and tasty cookies that promote I’ll Have Another’s upcoming Triple Crown bid and also encourage people to attend Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, June 9, for the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes.

Richest Active Racehorse Awesome Gem Runs In Berkeley Handicap Monday

      The 9-year-old gelding Awesome Gem, who with more than $2.7 million in earnings is the richest active thoroughbred racehorse in the nation, will try to add to his bankroll Monday at Golden Gate Fields when he competes in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap.

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.