Racing News

9-Year-Old Awesome Gem Makes 2012 Debut Thursday

     The 9-year-old gelding Awesome Gem, a multiple graded stakes-winner of $2,738,270, will make his 2012 debut Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in a one-mile turf race.

     The $38,500 allowance event for 3-year-olds and up is a prep for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile, which will be run Saturday, April 28.  The Grade 3 SF Mile is Northern California’s top grass race.  

Sister Kate Scores Again; Alvarado Has Easter Sunday Triple

     Sister Kate improved her record to 3-for-5 with a front-running victory in the $36,920 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Sister Kate, a 4-year-old filly by Benchmark, won her debut by seven lengths on    Jan. 12 and also posted a seven-length score on March 18.  Sandwiched between the two blow-out victories were fourth- and third-place finishes.

Hudson Landing Wins Second Straight For Trainer Wright

     Hudson Landing, recording his second consecutive victory since being claimed by trainer Blaine Wright, took the $33,280 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday by 1 1/4 lengths over Photo Shopped.

    Wright claimed Hudson Landing for client Chappell Alpine Farms for $50,000 on

Antares World, Halo Dolly In Action Friday

     Antares World and Halo Dolly, who ran one-two in the Pacific Heights Stakes in December, meet again Friday at Golden Gate Fields in a $38,500 allowance contest on the Lakeside Turf Course.

     The stakes-caliber race is the first contest on an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Joining Antares World and Halo Dolly in the one-mile test for fillies and mares are Bleach Blonde, Two Thirds Victory and Rico’s Posse.

Baze Caps Big Week With Five-Win Sunday

     Jockey Russell Baze capped a very successful week of riding at Golden Gate Fields by booting home five winners Sunday.

     Baze had multiple-win afternoons throughout the four-day racing week as he rode two winners Thursday, four winners Friday, and three winners Saturday.

Sanger Silver Makes Victorious Return To The Races

     Sanger Silver made a victorious return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he defeated six rivals in the $40,820 sprint feature.

     Making his first start in 10 months, Sanger Silver won the six-furlong allowance contest for older horses by three-quarters of a length over 2-to-1 favorite Gutshot Straight.  Quick Enough finished third.  

Florida Derby, Dubai World Cup Simulcasts Plus Nine Local Races Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card Saturday and also offer fans two major races via simulcast – the $10 million Dubai World Cup and the $1 million Florida Derby.

     Gates open at 10 a.m., 40 minutes prior to the scheduled post time for the Dubai World Cup, a 1 1/4-mile event at Meydan Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.  The star-studded international field includes the American runners Game On Dude (3-to-1 on the morning line) and Royal Delta (8-to-1).

Catch Lorraine Upsets Top Debutante

     Catch Lorraine outran 7-to-5 favorite Top Debutante down the stretch to score a one-length victory in the $38,610 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

    Catch Lorraine, ridden by David Lopez, won the one-mile test for fillies and mares in 1:39.82 and paid $12.00 after being dismissed at 5-to-1 in the betting.  Top Debutante took second by 2 1/2 lengths over Hoosier Honey.  

Trainer Klokstad Dead At 79; Baze Hopes To Continue Winning Streak; Dubai World Cup Betting Friday

     Bud Klokstad, one of the all-time leading trainers in the state of Washington and a member of the Northern California horse racing community, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Richmond.  Klokstad, who had been in poor health for several months, was 79.