Racing News

Bonde’s Twice The Appeal Will Break From Post Three In Kentucky Derby

     Twice the Appeal, trained by Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton, will break from post position three in Saturday’s 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

     Twice the Appeal will be the first Kentucky Derby starter for Bonde, who has trained horses in the Bay Area for 38 years.  Twice the Appeal will be ridden by Calvin Borel, the popular Cajun jockey who has won the Kentucky Derby three of the past four years.

Hat Contest Highlights Triple Crown Celebration and Live Coverage of Kentucky Derby

Golden Gate Fields is giving away more than $1,800 on Derby Day, May 7 to the winners of its third annual Run for the Roses Hat Contest – part of a Triple Crown celebration that includes live coverage the 137th Kentucky Derby.

Dove Forest Posts Game Victory In Sprint Feature

     The promising 3-year-old filly Dove Forest improved her record to 2-for-3 Sunday when she scored a game victory in the $33,604 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Dove Forest, sent straight to the lead by jockey Frank Alvarado, turned back challenges from the quarter pole to the wire to win the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares by a head over Red Hot Charlotte.  

     Dearly Concerned, the 3-to-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, finished third.

Our Nautique, Krigger Score Wire-To-Wire Upset In SF Mile

     Our Nautique, dismissed at 19-to-1 in the wagering, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Kevin Krigger, Our Nautique surged away from his foes in the final yards to win Northern California’s top turf race by 1 1/4 lengths over Gallant Son in 1:35.70.  Sebastian Flyte, the even-money favorite ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, finished third.

Trainer Canani Seeking Sixth San Francisco Mile Victory

     No trainer has had more success in the San Francisco Mile than Julio Canani, the Southern California-based conditioner who owns five victories in Northern California’s top turf race.

     Canani will take aim at another SF Mile triumph Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he starts the 6-year-old gelding Blue Chagall in the Grade 3 $100,000 race for older horses.  Post time for the SF Mile, the seventh race on a nine-race card, is 3:45 p.m.  First post is 12:45 p.m.

Baze Stays Hot At Golden Gate Fields

     A three-day break in racing did little to cool off jockey Russell Baze, who won three races Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze, who rode five winners on Easter Sunday, kicked off the new racing week with a victory aboard Primary Notice ($3.00) in the first race Thursday.  

Classy Field Of Nine Entered In Grade 3 $100,000 SF Mile

     Nine horses, including five stakes-winners, are set to start in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Northern California’s top turf race, the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile will be the featured seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the SF Mile is 3:45 p.m.

     The SF Mile lineup features three multiple stakes-winners – Bold Chieftain, an

Golden Gate Fields' Kentucky Derby Hat Contest In Full Gallop on Facebook

     Golden Gate Fields is tipping its hat to the Kentucky Derby and wants to see your hat, too. Post a photo of your best hat on our Facebook page and you could win a day at the races at Golden Gate Fields on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 7.
     In celebration of the big event, Golden Gate Fields will offer Kentucky Derby coverage in a party atmosphere that will be one of the best events in the Bay Area.

Baze Celebrates Easter Sunday By Riding Five Winners At GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze celebrated Easter Sunday by riding five winners at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Easter program got off to a rough start for Baze, who finished third aboard 1-to-5 favorite Sammy Choi in the first race.  Baze quickly rebounded, however, sweeping races two through five.

     Baze won the second race with Three for Marino ($3.00), the third with Hope I Do ($10.40), the fourth with Diamond Touch ($3.00), and the fifth with Baron’s Gold ($2.60).

U R All That I Am Upsets Antares World In Work The Crowd Stakes

     U R All That I Am, receiving a fine ride from jockey Kevin Krigger, came from just off pace to upset 3-to-5 favorite Antares World in the $50,300 Work The Crowd Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     U R All That I Am raced in third while Antares World set the pace with Ms. G. I. Jane racing outside of her.  Antares World, ridden by Frank Alvarado, and Ms. G. I. Jane, with Aaron Gryder aboard, began battling for the lead in earnest on the far turn and were  eyeball to eyeball turning into the stretch.