Racing News

Brite Bobby Celebrates 50th Career Start With a Victory

     The 8-year-old gelding Brite Bobby celebrated his 50th career start by scoring a front-running victory in the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Ridden by Julien Couton, Brite Bobby rated nicely down the backstretch and then poured it on in the stretch to win the six-furlong sprint for $4,000 claimers by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:10.71.  Lindsey’s Storm took second by a head over Judge Kent.

Trainer Hollendorfer Enjoyed Banner Year in 2010

     Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer enjoyed a banner year in 2010, amassing a career high $9,307,328 in stable earnings to rank fourth in the nation in money won and saddling 286 winners to finish third in the nation in victories.
     Hollendorfer’s impressive earnings total easily topped his previous high of $8,637,578, which his barn banked in 2008.  The 286 victories rank as Hollendorfer’s second-highest total behind the 308 wins he recorded in 2004.

Winless in 2010, Bleach Blonde Opens 2011 With Upset Victory

     Bleach Blonde, 0-for-10 in 2010, made her first start in 2011 a winning one when she scored a 9-to-1 upset in the $41,836 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Bleach Blonde took the lead from long shot Demanding Diva in midstretch and then held off a late bid from Eyes On the Prize to win the one-mile race for fillies and mares by a half-length.  Cover Story, the 3-to-2 favorite, finished third.

Simulcast Wednesday at GGF; FREE Admission

     Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday, Jan. 5 and admission to the Club House will be free.  Bettors will be offered action from: Tampa Bay Downs races 4-10 (10:50 a.m. post time), Gulfstream Park 3-9 (10:52 a.m.), Aqueduct 4-9 (10:53 a.m.), Laurel Park 4-9 (11:00 a.m.), Philadelphia Park 5-10 (11:04 a.m.), and Portland Meadows 1-9 (12:20 p.m.).

     Club House gates open at 10:00 a.m.  Parking is $4.00.  

Lilacs And Lace Upsets Cathy’s Crunches At GGF

     Lilacs and Lace surged late to score a surprising victory over 1-to-2 favorite Cathy’s Crunches in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

Cathy’s Crunches Big Favorite In $100,000 California Oaks

     Cathy’s Crunches will be a heavy favorite to kick off her 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, highlights a special New Year’s Day card that offers great value for sports fans.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. and Golden Gate Fields is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.

Our Nautique Wires Field At Golden Gate Fields

     Our Nautique, receiving a strong ride from jockey Leslie Mawing, led from start to finish in the $40,540 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Our Nautique dug in gamely down the stretch to hold off his rivals and win the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up by a half-length over Hudson Landing.  Slew the Man finished third, a neck behind Hudson Landing and a neck in front of Taif.

Jaylo Marino Wins Again On Tapeta

     Jaylo Marino, a gray gelding that always hits hard on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface, rallied from just off the pace to win Wednesday’s $20,900 feature.

    Trained by Steve Specht and ridden by Frank Alvarado, Jaylo Marino defeated Castle Dermot by 1 3/4 lengths in the six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up.  De Car Guy, the 3-to-2 favorite, finished third.  

$100,000 California Oaks On New Year’s Day Highlights Holiday Racing Week at GGF

     The $100,000 California Oaks on New Year’s Day highlights a five-day holiday week of racing at Golden Gate Fields that begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

    Golden Gate Fields will present “Dollar Day” programs Saturday and Sunday with general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas costing just a buck apiece.

Vadertore Comes Off Bench To Win Sprint Feature at GGF

     Vadertore, making his first start since New Year’s Day 2010, ran down Reagan Republican in the stretch to win the $45,100 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

     Vadertore defeated Reagan Republican by 1 1/4-lengths in the six-furlong allowance dash, the main event on the opening-day card of the track’s 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.  Magnificent Blend, the 9-to-5 favorite, finished third.