Racing News

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.,
714-828-3131).

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.

Fu Peg He Rat Rallies for Win on GGF Turf

     Fu Peg He Rat outran fellow closer Niner Genius through the final furlong to score a tight victory in the $24,600 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.

     Fu Peg He Rat, ridden by Frank Alvarado, rallied along the inside while Niner Genius charged down the middle of the course under jockey David Lopez.  Fu Peg He Rat proved slightly faster, crossing the wire a neck in front of his rival.  Count It All Joy finished third.

Kaili Returns From 14-Month Layoff to Improve to 2-For-2

     Fourteen months after winning her career debut, Kaili made her second career start Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.  The result: another victory.

     Kaili, a 3-year-old filly trained by Lloyd Mason, improved to 2-for-2 when she came from just off the pace to win the $32,384 allowance feature by 1 1/4 lengths over Pearloftheorient.  Advance Ticket, the 2-to-1 favorite, finished third.

Our Minesweeper Shocks Handicappers In Oakland

     Our Minesweeper, the longest shot in the field at odds of 19-to-1, rallied from last to post a shocking upset in the $55,100 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Silver Stetson Man is 2-to-1 Favorite in Oakland Stakes

     Silver Stetson Man, who won the Governor’s Cup Handicap at Fairplex Park as a 2-to-1 favorite, is a 2-to-1 choice on the morning line to capture the $50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Oakland is a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a strong field of six.  The feature is the eighth race on a nine-race “Dogtoberfest” program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

Strub Stakes Winner Jeranimo Among Six Entered in Oakland

     Jeranimo, who earlier this year scored an 11-to-1 upset in the Grade 2 $200,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, is among the six horses set to start in the $50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, will be Jeranimo’s first race since March 6, 2010, when he finished fourth in the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap.  Jeranimo has run six furlongs twice in his 12-race career and finished second both times.

Jockey Stra Goes 2-For-2 On Opening Day At GGF

     Jockey Kayla Stra, who struggled to reach the winner’s circle during Golden Gate Fields’ summer season, got off to a great start at the track’s fall meeting by riding two winners on Wednesday’s opening-day program.

     Stra scored with just six of her 91 mounts at the 27-day summer meeting and finished out of the top 10 in the jockey standings.  The 25-year-old native of Australia was perfect on day No. 1 of the 45-day fall session as she went 2-for-2.

Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Martinez Wednesday

     Bistro 1491 in Albany will host a wine tasting fundraiser for injured jockey Michael Martinez following Wednesday’s opening-day card at Golden Gate Fields.  The cost is $15 per person and all proceeds will go to the Michael Martinez Fund.

     Bistro 1491 is located at 1491 Solano Ave. and the wine tasting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Bistro 1491 is owned by longtime horse racing fan Tim Tam.