Racing News

Antares World, Halo Dolly In Action Friday

     Antares World and Halo Dolly, who ran one-two in the Pacific Heights Stakes in December, meet again Friday at Golden Gate Fields in a $38,500 allowance contest on the Lakeside Turf Course.

     The stakes-caliber race is the first contest on an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Joining Antares World and Halo Dolly in the one-mile test for fillies and mares are Bleach Blonde, Two Thirds Victory and Rico’s Posse.

Baze Caps Big Week With Five-Win Sunday

     Jockey Russell Baze capped a very successful week of riding at Golden Gate Fields by booting home five winners Sunday.

     Baze had multiple-win afternoons throughout the four-day racing week as he rode two winners Thursday, four winners Friday, and three winners Saturday.

Sanger Silver Makes Victorious Return To The Races

     Sanger Silver made a victorious return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he defeated six rivals in the $40,820 sprint feature.

     Making his first start in 10 months, Sanger Silver won the six-furlong allowance contest for older horses by three-quarters of a length over 2-to-1 favorite Gutshot Straight.  Quick Enough finished third.  

Florida Derby, Dubai World Cup Simulcasts Plus Nine Local Races Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card Saturday and also offer fans two major races via simulcast – the $10 million Dubai World Cup and the $1 million Florida Derby.

     Gates open at 10 a.m., 40 minutes prior to the scheduled post time for the Dubai World Cup, a 1 1/4-mile event at Meydan Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.  The star-studded international field includes the American runners Game On Dude (3-to-1 on the morning line) and Royal Delta (8-to-1).

Catch Lorraine Upsets Top Debutante

     Catch Lorraine outran 7-to-5 favorite Top Debutante down the stretch to score a one-length victory in the $38,610 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

    Catch Lorraine, ridden by David Lopez, won the one-mile test for fillies and mares in 1:39.82 and paid $12.00 after being dismissed at 5-to-1 in the betting.  Top Debutante took second by 2 1/2 lengths over Hoosier Honey.  

Trainer Klokstad Dead At 79; Baze Hopes To Continue Winning Streak; Dubai World Cup Betting Friday

     Bud Klokstad, one of the all-time leading trainers in the state of Washington and a member of the Northern California horse racing community, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Richmond.  Klokstad, who had been in poor health for several months, was 79.

Baze Goes Back-To-Back-To-Back-To-Back

     Leading jockey Russell Baze posted back-to-back-to-back-to-back victories at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Baze, a 53-year-old Hall of Famer, looked like a young, hungry rider as he powered his mounts in the fifth and sixth races to hard-fought victories and then enjoyed relatively easy wins in the seventh and eighth races.

Diamond Of Blue Improves To 3-For-4

     The promising 3-year-old Diamond of Blue recorded his third victory in four starts when he defeated Downtown C. T. by three-quarters of a length in the $31,980 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Diamond of Blue, ridden by Juan Hernandez, easily took the lead from pacesetter Sherman Bartlebort entering the stretch and then dug in gamely to hold off Downtown C. T. in the six-furlong sprint.  Reconstruction finished third.

Golden Gate Fields Announces Changes Regarding Two Upcoming Stakes

     Golden Gate Fields racing secretary David Jerkens announced Friday a pair of changes regarding upcoming stakes.  

Rowdy Gal Enjoys Road Trip To Golden Gate Fields

     Rowdy Gal’s road trip to Golden Gate Fields turned out to be a successful one by the slimmest of noses.

     Rowdy Gal, sent north by Southern California-based trainer John Sadler, won the $38,500 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields when she got the head bob over I’m Tops in a very tight photo finish.  The official winning margin was a nose but in fact was more like a nostril.