Racing News

Hollendorfer’s Rousing Sermon Draws Post Seven For Kentucky Derby

   Rousing Sermon, trained by Northern California’s Jerry Hollendorfer, drew post position seven when the field for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby was drawn Wednesday.

     The Grade 1 $2 million Kentucky Derby will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs and Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire Derby Day card from the historic Louisville racetrack.  All gates at Golden Gate Fields will open 7:15 a.m. as first post at Churchill Downs is 7:30 a.m.

Moger, Gomez Team Up For Pair Of Wins

     Trainer Ed Moger, Jr. and jockey Alejandro Gomez teamed up to win a pair of races at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     In recording their double, Moger and Gomez pleased both “chalk players” and longshot bettors as they won the fourth race with 3-to-2 favorite Royal Dream ($5.00) and the seventh race with 9-to-1 outsider Appealing Resume ($21.00).

Great Claim Hudson Landing Wins $150,000 San Francisco Mile

     Hudson Landing, claimed for $50,000 two months ago by owner Jared Chappel, upset multiple graded stakes-winner Jeranimo in the Grade 3 $150,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Ridden by Juan Hernandez and trained by Blaine Wright, Hudson Landing won Northern California’s top turf race by a half-length over Jeranimo in 1:37.29.  Gallant Son, the runner-up in the 2011 SF Mile, finished third in the 2012 edition while making his first start in eight months.

Classy Jeranimo Is 8-To-5 Favorite In $150,000 San Francisco Mile

     The classy 6-year-old horse Jeranimo and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith are the ones to beat in the $150,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Jeranimo is the 8-to-5 favorite on the morning line in the Grade 3 SF Mile, Northern California’s most important turf race.  Post time for the SF Mile, the seventh race on a nine-race program, is 4:25 p.m.   Gates open at 10 a.m. and first post is 1:15 p.m.


The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced today that Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Calif., has earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. The re-accreditation followed a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. Golden Gate received its initial Alliance accreditation in February 2010. All accreditations and re-accreditations carry an effective period of two years.  

2011 Runner-up Gallant Son Will Try Again In San Francisco Mile

     Gallant Son, runner-up in the 2011 San Francisco Mile, will be back for the 2012 edition of the Grade 3 turf stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The $150,000 SF Mile will have its 62nd running Saturday and Gallant Son is among the horses confirmed to start in the race.  Entries for the feature will be taken Wednesday morning.

Hollendorfer Selects Lezcano For Rousing Sermon In Kentucky Derby

     Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer reported Saturday that he has selected East Coast-based jockey Jose Lezcano to ride Rousing Sermon in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

     Rousing Sermon will be the fourth Kentucky Derby mount for Lezcano, who finished second aboard Ice Box in the 2010 edition of the “Run For The Roses.”  Lezcano’s other Derby mounts were Deputy Glitters, who finished eighth in 2006, and Visionaire, who finished 12th in 2008.

Champion Older Male Of 2011 Acclamation Heads Roster Of Nominees To $150,000 San Francisco Mile

     Acclamation, the Eclipse Award winner as the best older horse of 2011, heads a roster of 21 nominees to the Grade 3 $150,000 San Francisco Mile, which will be run Saturday, April 28, at Golden Gate Fields.

     Acclamation won five consecutive graded stakes in 2011, including the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap on the turf at Hollywood Park, the Grade 1 Eddie Read on the grass at Del Mar, and the Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Del Mar’s synthetic Polytrack surface.