Racing News

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.

Cathy’s Crunches Triumphs In Golden Gate Debutante

     Cathy’s Crunches, a well-traveled 2-year-old filly, made her first start at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and romped to a five-length victory in the $50,900 Golden Gate Debutante.

     Cathy’s Crunches made her career debut at Calder Race Course in Florida on June 25 and rambled to a 9 1/2-length win in a $25,000 maiden-claiming event.  Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer purchased the filly after the big win and shipped her to his stable at Del Mar, where she promptly won a starter allowance race on July 28.

All Gates at GGF Open At 8:30 A.M. Saturday for Breeders’ Cup Simulcast

     All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Churchill Downs.   Post time for the first race at Churchill is 9:05 a.m. and post time for the first Breeders’ Cup event, the Juvenile Turf, is 10:50 a.m.

    Golden Gate Fields will present nine races Saturday and post time for the first local contest is 12:05 p.m.  The $50,000 Golden Gate Debutante, a six-furlong sprint for

Simulcast of Day 1 of Breeders’ Cup Will Highlight Friday Card at GGF

     Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a 12:40 p.m. post time for its special  Friday racing program that will feature eight local events and the simulcast of day one of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Churchill Downs in Louisville.

     Grandstand and club house gates open at 10 a.m. and post time for the first race at Churchill Downs is 11 a.m.  The first Breeders’ Cup race, the $500,000 Marathon, will be run at 1:10 p.m.

Hollendorfer Has One Favorite, Two Longshots in Breeders’ Cup

     Northern California’s all-time leading trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, will saddle one favorite and two longshots in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Baze, Mawing Get The Treats At ‘Ghostly Gate Fields’

     Golden Gate Fields hosted a “Ghostly Gate Fields” Halloween party for families Sunday but it’s doubtful that anyone bagged more treats than jockeys Russell Baze and Leslie Mawing.

     Baze and Mawing both posted riding triples to account for six of the nine races on the Halloween card.

Mawing, Hernandez Record Multiple Victories at GGF

     With three of their of top colleagues out of town for the California Cup card at Hollywood Park, jockeys Leslie Mawing and Juan Hernandez dominated the racing at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

    Mawing won three races and Hernandez won two as the duo accounted for five of the nine races run at the East Bay racetrack.  Meanwhile at Hollywood Park, jockey Russell Baze went 0-for-3, Chad Schvaneveldt went 0-for-1 and Frank Alvarado went 0-for-2.

Services Set For Trainer Walker

     Lloyd E. Walker, who trained horses in Northern California from the 1950s through 2004, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday night at his home in Elk Grove, California.  Walker, 93, would have celebrated his 94th birthday Sunday.  

     Service information is as follows: Viewing, Monday from noon to 5 p.m., Elk Grove Funeral Chapel in Elk Grove  (9101 Elk Grove Blvd., 916-686-1888); Services, Wednesday, 11 a.m., Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress (4471 Lincoln Ave.,

Lady Railrider Favored to Repeat in Cal Cup Matron

     Northern California’s Lady Railrider is a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to successfully defend her title in the $100,000 California Cup Matron at Hollywood Park Saturday.

     Lady Railrider is one of six Golden Gate Fields-based horses that will be competing in the 21st California Cup program, which features seven stakes races restricted to horses bred in the Golden State.  Luckarack, Goggles McCoy, Jiggly, Ms. G. I. Jane and Bluegrass Reward also made the trip to Hollywood Park.

Nor Cal Trainers Set to Compete in 21st Cal Cup

     Golden Gate Fields-based trainers Steve Specht, Steve Sherman, Jerry Hollendorfer, Andy Mathis, William J. Morey, Jr. and Steve Miyadi will all have horses running in the 21st edition of the California Cup at Hollywood Park Saturday.