Racing News

$100,000 California Oaks On New Year’s Day Highlights Holiday Racing Week at GGF

     The $100,000 California Oaks on New Year’s Day highlights a five-day holiday week of racing at Golden Gate Fields that begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

    Golden Gate Fields will present “Dollar Day” programs Saturday and Sunday with general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas costing just a buck apiece.

Vadertore Comes Off Bench To Win Sprint Feature at GGF

     Vadertore, making his first start since New Year’s Day 2010, ran down Reagan Republican in the stretch to win the $45,100 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Vadertore defeated Reagan Republican by 1 1/4-lengths in the six-furlong allowance dash, the main event on the opening-day card of the track’s 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.  Magnificent Blend, the 9-to-5 favorite, finished third.

Baze Completes Title Campaign By Riding Four Winners at GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze put the exclamation point on yet another title-winning campaign at Golden Gate Fields by riding four winners Sunday, closing day of the track’s 2010 fall meeting.

     Baze visited the winner’s circle 79 times during the 42-day season and easily claimed his 39th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields.  Chad Schvaneveldt placed second in the jockey standings with 34 victories and Leslie Mawing finished third with 32 wins.

Golden Gate Fields Opens 2010-2011 Racing Season Sunday, Dec. 26

     After a six-day break for the holidays, live thoroughbred racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, Dec. 26, when the track kicks off its 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.  The 104-day season will run through June 12.

Couton Steals Another Stakes at GGF, Wins Pacific Heights With Catsalot

     Jockey Julien Couton stole a stakes race at Golden Gate Fields for the second straight week when he guided Catsalot to a wire-to-wire victory in the $75,600 Pacific Heights Stakes.

    Couton, who earned his first career stakes win on Dec. 11 when he piloted Positive Response to a front-running score in the Gold Rush Stakes, was all alone on the lead with Catsalot throughout the 1 1/8-mile Pacific Heights.

Antares World Is Heavy Favorite In Pacific Heights Stakes at GGF

     Antares World will be a heavy favorite Saturday to end her 2010 campaign the same way she started it – with a stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze, Schvaneveldt, Romero All Ride Pair Of Winners

     Jockeys Russell Baze, Chad Schvaneveldt, and Hector Romero all rode a pair of winners at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.  

     Baze, who long ago wrapped up his 39th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields, won the first race with High Brite Cielo ($7.80) and the fourth with Wild and Gotaway ($5.00).  Baze leads his colleagues with 69 victories heading into the final three days of the fall meeting.

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.