Racing News

Cal Derby Champ Russian Greek Continues Preparations For El Camino Real Derby

     California Derby winner Russian Greek worked an easy six furlongs in 1:16 2/5 handily Thursday morning at Golden Gate Fields as he continues to prepare for his next assignment – the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.

     The El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s key race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, will be run Saturday, Feb. 18, at Golden Gate Fields.  The El Camino Real Derby is a 1 1/8-mile contest for 3-year-olds.

Golden Gate Fields Schedules Special Early Post Time For Super Bowl Sunday

     Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special post time of 11:15 a.m. for Sunday’s racing program.  The early start will enable the eight-race card to be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., well before kickoff of the Super Bowl (3:30 p.m.).

     All gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and Golden Gate Fields will give away eight 42-inch high definition televisions and also offer fans the usual Dollar Day Sunday specials – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.

Golden Gate Fields Winner Propelled Louisiana Man To Victory In National Handicapping Championship

     The nose win by the 4-year-old filly Glorious Dancer in the ninth and final race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday propelled Michael Beychok of Baton Rouge, La., to victory in the 2012 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

Shudacudawudya Favored In Saturday’s Albany Stakes

Shudacudawudya has been made the favorite over Sourdough Sam and four other rivals in $50,000-added Albany Stakes, which will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

9-Year-Old Gelding Anzisong Notches 13th Career Victory

     The 9-year-old gelding Anzisong notched his 13th career victory Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he led from start to finish in a 1 1/16-mile race for $4,000 claimers.

    Anzisong, who raised his career winning percentage to 37.1, has finished in the money in 22 of his 35 career starts.  The veteran earned $4,730 for his latest victory and the payday boosted his bankroll to $153,074.

LUCK Pick Six Saturday

     Fans at Golden Gate Fields will have the opportunity to play, via simulcast, the LUCK Pick Six Saturday, which is Sunshine Millions Day at both Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park.

     The LUCK Pick Six, named in honor of the new HBO series on horse racing, will consist of three races at Gulfstream Park (races 8-10) and three races at Santa Anita (races 4-6).  The bet will have a $1 minimum and feature a guaranteed pool of $250,000 and a mandatory payout.

Trio Of Stakes-Winners Among Cast Of Six Entered In Albany

     Stakes-winners Gig Harbor, Sourdough Sam and Shudacudawudya are among the six horses entered in the $50,000-added Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Albany is a six-furlong contest for older horses that will be run Saturday.  The feature is eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the Albany is 4:22 p.m.

Hall of Famers Go Back-To-Back

     Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze teamed up with Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to win back-to-back races Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     The longtime dynamic duo of Northern California horse racing won the fifth race with Rica’s Ready ($6.60) and the sixth race with Rocksprings Texas ($4.40).  The Daily Double covering the fifth and sixth races returned $12.80.