Racing News

Jockey Martinez Headed Home, Thanks Everyone For Their Support

     Jockey Michael Martinez was discharged from the Santa Clara Valley Rehabilitation Center in San Jose this morning, 68 days after being critically injured in a spill at Golden Gate Fields.  

     Martinez, paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his fall on Sept. 12, was thrilled to be heading home.

Baze Follows Up Four-Win Wednesday With a Three-Victory Thursday at GGF

     Leading jockey Russell Baze, who opened the racing week by riding four winners Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields, came right back with three more victories Thursday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze’s four-win Wednesday included a sweep of the first three races.  Baze duplicated the feat of riding back-to-back-to-back winners Thursday when he won the fifth race with Western Roses ($9.00), the sixth with Victoriously ($5.80) and the seventh with Mr. Candy Bar ($5.60).

Hollendorfer, Baze Have Monster Days

     Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze, the two leading men in Bay Area horse racing, both had themselves quite a Wednesday afternoon.

     Hollendorfer went 4-for-5 at Golden Gate Fields and 3-for-3 at Portland Meadows, where he captured the Dennis Dodge Memorial Stakes with El Gaucho.  Hollendorfer’s other wins at Portland came with Decatur Island ($3.60) in the first race and Karakot ($3.00) in the fifth race.

6-Year-Old Gelding Old Ed Earns 10th Career Victory

     They came at Old Ed from the inside and they came at him from the outside but they couldn’t get by the very game 6-year-old gelding Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Old Ed fought off Shadarockem, Hunter Creek, First Takin, and Baracho through the stretch to win the seventh race, a one-mile test for $4,000 claimers, by a head. Shadarockem took second by a half-length over Hunter Creek, who took third by a head over First Takin, who finished fourth by a head over Baracho in the blanket finish.

Streakin’ Mohican Blitzes Foes at GGF; Toys-4-Tots Toy Drive Sunday

     Streakin’ Mohican took command leaving the gate and was never challenged en route to winning the $38,900 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
 
     Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Bob Hess, Streakin’ Mohican drew away from his eight rivals down the stretch and won the six-furlong allowance dash by five lengths in a very quick 1:08.82.  Reagan Republican took second by a length over Hexbreaker.

Baze Wins Three Races at GGF Three Others Win a Pair

     Jockey Russell Baze won three races at Golden Gate Fields Friday, a day in which multiple victories was the theme of the afternoon.

     While Baze enjoyed a riding hat trick, jockeys Juan Hernandez and Leslie Mawing posted riding doubles.  Not wanting to be left out, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled a pair of winners.

Trainer Morey Saddles 1,000th Winner

     William E. Morey earned his 1,000th career training victory Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when his 7-year-old gray mare Sports Edition captured the seventh race.

     Sports Edition was Morey’s lone entrant on Thursday’s card and the veteran campaigner provided her trainer with the milestone win by rallying from fifth in a field of six to collect her 10th victory in 40 career starts.  Jockey Julien Couton rode Sports Edition, who paid $5.40.

Carbonite Wins Sprint Feature

     The 4-year-old gelding Carbonite, making only his second start of the year, came from just off the pace to win the $33,280 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.

     Trained by the shrewd veteran Dennis Patterson, Carbonite defeated 4-to-5 favorite Crazy Good by one length while completing six furlongs in 1:11.09.  Devils Afleet finished third.     

Rated Fiesty, Gadget Queen Dead-Heat For Win at GGF

     Rated Fiesty and Gadget Queen shared a victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when they dead-heated for the win in the featured eighth race, a $40,580 allowance sprint.

     Rated Fiesty, ridden by Juan Hernandez, and Gadget Queen, with Leslie Mawing aboard, both closed from off the pace and hooked up in midstretch for a titanic battle.

Golden Gate Fields Congratulates Jerry Hollendorfer On His First Breeders’ Cup Victory

     Golden Gate Fields congratulates its all-time leading trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, on winning his first Breeders’ Cup race Saturday at Churchill Downs.  Hollendorfer captured the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile with 37-to-1 shot Dakota Phone, who got up in the last jump to win by a head and pay $77.40.  Golden Gate Fields salutes “The Dorf” on his Breeders’ Cup victory.