Racing News

Sadler Seeking Back-To-Back Victories In California Derby

      John Sadler, one of the leading trainers in Southern California, will try to win the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields for the second straight year when he sends out Dancing At Dark in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds Saturday.

Positive Response Favored On California Derby Morning Line

     Positive Response has been installed a 5-to-2 favorite on the morning line to capture the 96th running of the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Full Field of 12 Entered In $100,000 California Derby

     Entries for the California Derby were taken Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields and the $100,000 race for 3-year-olds attracted a full field of 12.

     The California Derby will be run Saturday and fans attending Golden Gate Fields with a paid admission will receive a free 70th anniversary sweatshirt.  Grandstand and club house gates open at 10 a.m.; the Turf Club at 11 a.m.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.  

Jockey Couton Rides Four Winners, Cartwright Gets First Bay Area Win

     French jockey Julien Couton rode four winners and English apprentice rider Alice Cartwright earned her first victory in the Bay Area Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Victory In Feature Race Part Of Three-Win Afternoon For Romero

     Jockey Hector Romero won three races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, including the $40,420 feature with the promising colt  Jim’s No Preacher.

Brite Bobby Celebrates 50th Career Start With a Victory

     The 8-year-old gelding Brite Bobby celebrated his 50th career start by scoring a front-running victory in the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Ridden by Julien Couton, Brite Bobby rated nicely down the backstretch and then poured it on in the stretch to win the six-furlong sprint for $4,000 claimers by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:10.71.  Lindsey’s Storm took second by a head over Judge Kent.

Trainer Hollendorfer Enjoyed Banner Year in 2010

     Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer enjoyed a banner year in 2010, amassing a career high $9,307,328 in stable earnings to rank fourth in the nation in money won and saddling 286 winners to finish third in the nation in victories.
     Hollendorfer’s impressive earnings total easily topped his previous high of $8,637,578, which his barn banked in 2008.  The 286 victories rank as Hollendorfer’s second-highest total behind the 308 wins he recorded in 2004.

Winless in 2010, Bleach Blonde Opens 2011 With Upset Victory

     Bleach Blonde, 0-for-10 in 2010, made her first start in 2011 a winning one when she scored a 9-to-1 upset in the $41,836 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Bleach Blonde took the lead from long shot Demanding Diva in midstretch and then held off a late bid from Eyes On the Prize to win the one-mile race for fillies and mares by a half-length.  Cover Story, the 3-to-2 favorite, finished third.

Simulcast Wednesday at GGF; FREE Admission

     Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday, Jan. 5 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), Gulfstream Park 3-9 (10:52 a.m.), Aqueduct 4-9 (10:53 a.m.), Laurel Park 4-9 (11:00 a.m.), Philadelphia Park 5-10 (11:04 a.m.), and Portland Meadows 1-9 (12:20 p.m.).

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