Racing News

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.

Michael Martinez Fund

Fans wishing to donate to a fund for jockey Michael Martinez, who was seriously injured in a spill on Sept. 12, should make their checks out to “Michael Martinez Fund” and send them to Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA 94710.

Loaded 45-Day Fall Meeting Begins Wednesday At Golden Gate Fields

Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume Wednesday when the track launches its 2010 Fall meeting, a loaded 45-day session that will run through Sunday, Dec. 19.

Sherman Saddles Pair Of Winners To Earn His First GGF Training Title

Steve Sherman, the second-leading trainer at the past three Golden Gate Fields meetings, secured his first training championship at the East Bay track Sunday when he saddled two winners on the closing-day program of the 2010 summer meeting.

Dead-Heat In GGF Trainer's Race Heading Into Sunday's Finale

The race for leading trainer honors at the summer meeting is going down to the wire as Steve Sherman and William E. Morey are tied atop the standings with 20 wins apiece.

10-Race Saturday Card At GGF Will Be Complemented By Great Simulcasts

Golden Gate Fields will present 10 races Saturday and the big local program will be complemented by the simulcast of a plethora of outstanding stakes races from across the country.