Racing News

Pacific Heights Stakes Featured On Closing Weekend at GGF

     Golden Gate Fields wraps up its 2010 fall meeting with racing Thursday through Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day and closing weekend will feature the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes on Saturday and $1 specials on Sunday.

     The Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares bred in California, is scheduled to be run on the turf, however, with rain in the forecast it’s likely the stakes will be moved to Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.

Hollendorfer Longshots Run One-Two In Feature

     Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent out a pair of longshots in Sunday’s feature at Golden Gate Fields and then watched them run one-two in the
1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

     Rainbow Luck, an 11-to-1 outsider ridden by Frank Alvarado, held off Cover Story, a 9-to-1 shot ridden by Catalino Martinez, to win the allowance contest by a neck.  Eyes On the Prize finished third.

Positive Response Wires Field In Gold Rush Stakes at GGF

     The 2-year-old gelding Positive Response and 29-year-old French jockey Julien Couton both earned their first stakes victory Saturday when they ran away with the $75,900 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Simulcast Wagering Wednesday, Dec. 15

Golden Gate Fields will open its Club House at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 15 for a simulcast wagering program.

     Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume next week on Thursday, December 16.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

Positive Response Favored On Gold Rush Stakes Morning Line

     Positive results are expected from Positive Response in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Positive Response is a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to win the Gold Rush, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds.  The Gold Rush, scheduled to be run at 3:45 p.m., is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

Baze Wins With Favorite, Then Price Horse at GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze rode back-to-back winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields, scoring with a heavy favorite and a price horse.  

     Baze won the sixth race with 3-to-5 favorite Bimbo Magic, who romped home by
3 1/4 lengths and paid $3.20.  Bimbo Magic, claimed by William E. Morey from leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for $10,000 on Nov. 17, was claimed back by “The Dorf” Thursday for $12,500.

Gold Rush Stakes Highlights Four-Day Racing Week At GGF

     The $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes highlights a four-day racing week at Golden Gate Fields, which will present eight-race programs Thursday and Friday and nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     The Gold Rush is a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that will be contested Saturday.  A steppingstone the California Derby on Jan. 15, the Gold Rush attracted a field of eight and will be run at approximately at 3:45 p.m.

Apprentice Frey Rides His First Winner At GGF

     Apprentice rider Kyle Frey notched the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he piloted 13-to-1 longshot Terina to an off-the-pace score in the seventh race.

     Breaking from the outside post in a field of seven, Terina and Frey were forced to take the overland route but still managed to get up in time to win the six-furlong race for fillies and mares by a half-length over Kopper Kelly.

Smiling Tiger Has Easy Breeze

   Smiling Tiger, working for just the second time since his third-place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 handily Sunday morning at Golden Gate Fields.

Simulcast Wagering Wednesday

     Golden Gate Fields will open its Club House at 10 a.m. Wednesday for a simulcast wagering program that will feature action from Aqueduct (beginning at 10:52 a.m.), Laurel (11 a.m.), Hawthorne
(11:30 a.m.), Portland Meadows (12:40 p.m.) and Penn National (3:30 p.m.).

     Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume Thursday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.