Racing News

2011 Alameda County Fair Meeting At Pleasanton Runs Through July 10

     Fans at Golden Gate Fields can watch and wager via simulcast on all the action from the stakes-stuffed Alameda County Fair meeting at Pleasanton.  The 13-day session runs from Thursday, June 23, through Sunday, July 10, and will feature six $50,000-added stakes for thoroughbreds.

    Racing at Pleasanton will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule, with a special holiday program on Monday, July 4.  Post time is 1:15 p.m. throughout the meeting.

Jockey Krigger Shines On Closing Weekend At GGF

     Golden Gate Fields concluded its 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting Sunday, much to the dismay of jockey Kevin Krigger, who likely wishes the season was just beginning.

     Krigger was the star of closing weekend at Golden Gate Fields, winning three races Saturday and three more Sunday.  Krigger’s riding hat trick on Saturday included a victory in the $53,300 Lost in the Fog Stakes with the speedy 2-year-old filly City Route.

Speedy Filly City Route Can’t Be Caught In Lost In The Fog

     “She’s pretty fast” is how jockey Kevin Krigger succinctly described City Route after guiding the 2-year-old filly to a front-running victory in the $50,300 Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Early Opening At GGF For Belmont Simulcast, Lost in the Fog Stakes, Wine Festival

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a big day of racing that will feature the simulcast of the entire Belmont Stakes Day card from Belmont Park in New York, a 10-race local program that is headlined by the Lost in the Fog Stakes, and a wine festival.

Brooklyn Handicap-Belmont Stakes Double Betting Offered Friday At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields will offer fans the opportunity to wager on the Brooklyn Handicap-Belmont Stakes Double Friday.

     The $2 bet challenges bettors to correctly select the winners of Friday’s $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap and Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in New York.

     Post time for the Grade 2 Brooklyn, a 1 1/2-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, is

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.