Racing News

Belmont Stakes Simulcast Will Highlight Busy Closing Weekend At Golden Gate Fields

     The simulcast of the Belmont Stakes, the running of the Lost in the Fog Stakes, a wine festival, a dollar day card, a salute to law enforcement, and a book signing are all part of closing weekend at Golden Gate Fields.

     The final week of the 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting begins with an eight-race card Thursday and will continue with racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, closing day.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. with the exception of Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day, when first post is 11:45 a.m.

Baze, Krigger End Racing Week With Riding Doubles At GGF

     Jockeys Russell Baze and Kevin Krigger wrapped up the racing week at Golden Gate Fields by riding a pair of winners Sunday.

     Baze won the first race with Halo Dolly ($5.60) and the sixth Unexpected Gift ($7.80).  The riding double capped off a tremendous three-day stretch for Baze, who won five races on Friday and four races on Saturday.

Baze Follows Up Five-Win Day With A Four-Victory Afternoon

     Jockey Russell Baze, who won with five of his six mounts Friday at Golden Gate Fields, swept the first three races Saturday en route to a four-victory afternoon at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze backers received something usual in the first two races – handsome win payoffs.  Baze took the first race with 6-to-1 shot For Sure for Sure ($14.40) and the second race with 3-to-1 second choice Metropolitan Man ($8.00).  

Baze Returns From Suspension To Go 5-for-6 At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockey Russell Baze returned from a three-day riding suspension with a vengeance Friday when he won with five of his six mounts at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze, who received his penalty from the board of stewards for causing interference in the stretch with Stufdrmsrmadeof in the sixth race on May 21, took advantage of a bevy of live mounts in recording his big day.

California Sire Globalize Drawing Attention At Golden Gate Fields

     The California sire Globalize has been well represented at Golden Gate Fields this week.  

     Life Is a Rock, a 3-year-old colt by Globalize, won the last race on Monday’s Memorial Day racing program at Golden Gate Fields.  Life Is a Rock, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, paid $9.20.

Hispanic Heritage Day at the Races

     The Bay Area will have a distinct Latin feel this weekend when Golden Gate Fields combines horse races with a celebration of Hispanic contributions to Bay Area history in Sunday's Fiesta Hispana.

     Horse racing fans in the Bay Area will see the Golden Gate Fields horse track come alive with the sites and sounds of Hispanic Heritage Day, which will include live music from La Incomparable Banda Tierra Del Sol, laugh-out-loud entertainment from the clown troupe La Tropa de Payosos, and of course horse races.

Uh Oh Bango Defeats Bold Chieftain By A Head In Berkeley Stakes At GGF

     Uh Oh Bango won the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Monday by a head over – you guessed it – Bold Chieftain.

     Uh Oh Bango, a 4-year-old colt ridden by Aaron Gryder, came back on after being headed by 8-year-old Bold Chieftain in midstretch to earn his first graded stakes victory.  
Mobilized finished third.

Bold Chieftain Favored To Win $100,000 Berkeley On Memorial Day

     Bold Chieftain has won 13 stakes races and the 8-year-old horse is favored to pick up another one Monday at Golden Gate Fields.
     Bold Chieftain is the 2-to-1 morning line favorite in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses.  The Berkeley is the featured eighth race on a nine-race Memorial Day card that begins at 12:45 p.m.

Couton To Be Out Several Weeks With Fractured Vertebrae

     Jockey Julien Couton sustained compression fractures to thoracic vertebrae seven and eight in a spill at Golden Gate Fields Friday and will be sidelined for several weeks, track physician Dr. David Seftel reported Saturday morning.

     Initial reports had Couton escaping the accident with only bruising to his back but further evaluation at Highland Hospital in Oakland revealed the broken vertebrae.

Bold Chieftain, Delightful Kiss Among Eight Entered In Berkeley

     Millionaires Bold Chieftain and Delightful Kiss are among the eight horses entered in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race that will be run Monday at Golden Gate Fields.

    The Berkeley will highlight a special Memorial Day racing program that will feature nine races, a stadium chair giveaway (one per paid admission), a free concert by Busta Groove, and a Family Day celebration that will include many free activities for kids, including pony rides.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.