Racing News

Early Post at GGF Thanksgiving Day, All American Stakes Featured Friday

     Golden Gate Fields will serve up horse racing throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, offering cards Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

     Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special early post time of 11:15 a.m. for Thursday’s eight-race program, a starting time that will allow fans to enjoy a day of racing and still get home in time for Thanksgiving dinner.  Post time for the eighth race is 2:45 p.m.

Baze Finishes Racing Week With Another Multiple-Victory Day

     Jockey Russell Baze completed a very successful racing week at Golden Gate Fields by riding three winners Sunday.

     Baze, who won four races Wednesday and three races on Thursday, scored Sunday with Katieinthefastlane ($5.80) in the first race, Megaspiel ($3.40) in the fourth and Cat Calloway ($4.00) in the ninth.

Cathy’s Crunches Tops The Boys In Golden Nugget Stakes at GGF

     Cathy’s Crunches, who crushed her fellow 2-year-old fillies in the Golden Gate Debutante Stakes on Nov. 6, proved she can also beat male rivals Saturday when she posted a smart victory in the $51,200 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Live Racing Canceled Wednesday, November 24

 Due to an insufficient number of entries, the live racing card scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 24, has been canceled.  However, Golden Gate Fields will be open Wednesday for simulcast wagering.  Club House gates open at 10 a.m. and the following tracks will be featured via simulcast: Churchill Downs (races 3-10), Aqueduct (races 4-9), Laurel (races 4-9), Hawthorne (races 1-9), Portland Meadows (races 1-9), Penn National (races 1-3), and Woodbine (race 1-2).

Jockey Martinez Headed Home, Thanks Everyone For Their Support

     Jockey Michael Martinez was discharged from the Santa Clara Valley Rehabilitation Center in San Jose this morning, 68 days after being critically injured in a spill at Golden Gate Fields.  

     Martinez, paralyzed from the waist down as a result of his fall on Sept. 12, was thrilled to be heading home.

Baze Follows Up Four-Win Wednesday With a Three-Victory Thursday at GGF

     Leading jockey Russell Baze, who opened the racing week by riding four winners Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields, came right back with three more victories Thursday at the East Bay racetrack.

     Baze’s four-win Wednesday included a sweep of the first three races.  Baze duplicated the feat of riding back-to-back-to-back winners Thursday when he won the fifth race with Western Roses ($9.00), the sixth with Victoriously ($5.80) and the seventh with Mr. Candy Bar ($5.60).

Hollendorfer, Baze Have Monster Days

     Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze, the two leading men in Bay Area horse racing, both had themselves quite a Wednesday afternoon.

     Hollendorfer went 4-for-5 at Golden Gate Fields and 3-for-3 at Portland Meadows, where he captured the Dennis Dodge Memorial Stakes with El Gaucho.  Hollendorfer’s other wins at Portland came with Decatur Island ($3.60) in the first race and Karakot ($3.00) in the fifth race.

6-Year-Old Gelding Old Ed Earns 10th Career Victory

     They came at Old Ed from the inside and they came at him from the outside but they couldn’t get by the very game 6-year-old gelding Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Old Ed fought off Shadarockem, Hunter Creek, First Takin, and Baracho through the stretch to win the seventh race, a one-mile test for $4,000 claimers, by a head. Shadarockem took second by a half-length over Hunter Creek, who took third by a head over First Takin, who finished fourth by a head over Baracho in the blanket finish.

Streakin’ Mohican Blitzes Foes at GGF; Toys-4-Tots Toy Drive Sunday

     Streakin’ Mohican took command leaving the gate and was never challenged en route to winning the $38,900 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
     Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Bob Hess, Streakin’ Mohican drew away from his eight rivals down the stretch and won the six-furlong allowance dash by five lengths in a very quick 1:08.82.  Reagan Republican took second by a length over Hexbreaker.

Baze Wins Three Races at GGF Three Others Win a Pair

     Jockey Russell Baze won three races at Golden Gate Fields Friday, a day in which multiple victories was the theme of the afternoon.

     While Baze enjoyed a riding hat trick, jockeys Juan Hernandez and Leslie Mawing posted riding doubles.  Not wanting to be left out, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled a pair of winners.