Racing News

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.

$29,875 Carryover In Pick Six At Golden Gate Fields Friday

     Golden Gate Fields will present a seven-race card Friday and the program features four turf events and a Pick Six carryover of $29,875.

     Post time is 12:45 p.m. and races one, three, five, and seven will all be contested on the Lakeside Turf Course.  The first race is a 1 1/16-mile event for fillies and mares, the third is a one-mile test for 3-year-olds, the fifth is one-mile race for fillies and mares, and the seventh is a one-mile contest for 3-year-old fillies.

Apprentice Richard Gets First Golden Gate Fields Victory

     Apprentice jockey Ronald Richard earned his first Golden Gate Fields victory Sunday when he captured the fourth race with 11-to-1 outsider Thats Vista’s Girl ($25.80).

     Thats Vista’s Girl was the 14th local mount for Richard, who arrived in the Bay Area last month after competing at Parx Racing (formerly Philadelphia Park), where he had three victories from 50 mounts.

Trainer Miyadi Saddles The Winner In Three Straight Races

     Trainer Steve Miyadi saddled the winner in three consecutive races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Miyadi won the third race with Royal Stormer ($9.60), the fourth with Letsgetitright ($3.60), and the fifth with She’s Ordained ($6.80).  Miyadi teamed with jockey Alejandro Gomez for the victories with Royal Stormer and She’s Ordained, and partnered with Russell Baze for the win with Letsgetitright.

Awesome Gem Exits Comeback Win Well, Is Candidate For San Francisco Mile

     Awesome Gem, the 9-year-old gelding who kicked off his 2012 campaign with a sharp victory at Golden Gate Fields Thursday, came out of his first race in six months in good order and is a candidate for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile on April 28.

9-Year-Old Multi-Millionaire Awesome Gem Wins Prep For SF Mile

     The classy 9-year-old gelding Awesome Gem, a multi-millionaire, made a winning 2012 debut Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he captured the $38,500 feature race.

    Awesome Gem won the one-mile allowance contest by a half-length over 2011 California Derby champ Positive Response.  The race, a prep for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile on April 28, was originally scheduled to be run on the turf but was moved to Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface due to the recent rains.

9-Year-Old Awesome Gem Makes 2012 Debut Thursday

     The 9-year-old gelding Awesome Gem, a multiple graded stakes-winner of $2,738,270, will make his 2012 debut Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in a one-mile turf race.

     The $38,500 allowance event for 3-year-olds and up is a prep for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile, which will be run Saturday, April 28.  The Grade 3 SF Mile is Northern California’s top grass race.