Racing News

Join Russell Baze for his Induction into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

     Russell Baze will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 25, and racing fans are invited to join Russell for the induction ceremony, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple in Oakland (4766 Lincoln, Ave.).

Sunshine Millions Simulcast Saturday

     The simulcast of the Sunshine Millions, a bicoastal event featuring rich  stakes races at Gulfstream Park in Florida and Santa Anita in Southern California, will be featured Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Miss Match Makes Winning West Coast Debut at GGF

     The Argentine-bred mare Miss Match made a winning West Coast debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when she charged from last to first in the $40,000 allowance feature.

     Miss Match, winner of the Group I Argentine Oaks in 2008, made her first six starts in her homeland before coming to the U.S. in 2009.  She was based on the East Coast, where she won twice in 12 starts.

Simulcast Wednesday at GGF; FREE Admission

     Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday, Jan. 26 and admission to the Club House will be free.  Bettors will be offered action from: Tampa Bay Downs races 4-10 (10:50 a.m. post time), Aqueduct 4-9 (10:53 a.m.), Gulfstream Park/San Isidro 3-16 (10:58 a.m.), Philadelphia Park 5-9 (11:04 a.m.), Laurel Park/Valparaiso 5-15 (11:26 a.m.), Turf Paradise 1-9 (11:30 a.m.), and Portland Meadows 1-9 (12:40 p.m.).

     Club House gates open at 10:00 a.m.  Parking is $4.00.  

Jockeys Order Up A Round Of Doubles At Golden Gate Fields

     The theme of the afternoon at Golden Gate Fields Saturday was riding doubles as four jockeys made repeat visits to the winner’s circle.

     Julien Couton, Leslie Mawing, David Lopez and Hector Romero all rode a pair of winners on the nine-race program.  Mawing and Lopez earned style points for posting their victories in back-to-back races.

Smiling Tiger, Bonde, Baze Featured In Palos Verdes Simulcast Saturday

     Trainer Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton and jockey Russell Baze of Woodside are expected to win the $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday with their top sprinter Smiling Tiger.

    Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire nine-race card from Santa Anita and post time for the Palos Verdes, the seventh event on the program, is 3:37 p.m.  First post at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m.

Jockey Russell Baze To Be Inducted Into Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in Oakland

     Russell Baze, who has won more races than any jockey in the history of thoroughbred racing, will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (MESHOF) in Oakland, California, on Friday, Feb. 25, in a ceremony that will be held at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple.  

Jockey Baze, Trainer Morey Enjoy Holiday Triples At GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Golden Gate Fields the same way he spent Sunday at the East Bay track – by making multiple visits to the winner’s circle.

Baze Bounces Back From Saturday Fall to win four races at Golden Gate Fields

     Russell Baze, who missed Saturday’s California Derby Day program due a neck sprain he sustained in a fall prior to the first race, bounced right back Sunday to win four races at Golden Gate Fields.

    Baze hit the dirt Saturday when he was unseated by the 6-year-old mare Joffe’s Run during warm-ups for the opener.  Baze missed all seven of his scheduled mounts while being checked out at Alta Bates Hospital, where X-rays proved negative and cleared the way for his return to the saddle Sunday.

Positive Response Proves He’s ‘The Best 3-Year-Old At GGF’

     French jockey Julien Couton summed things up quite nicely after guiding Positive Response to an impressive victory in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     “He’s definitely the best 3-year-old at Golden Gate Fields,” said Couton of Positive Response, a Florida-bred son of Pomeroy who collected his second straight stakes victory and his third consecutive win at the East Bay racetrack.