Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Offers Racing, Fun for $1 Every Sunday

     For anyone looking for events near Oakland, or cheap things to do in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Fields is the perfect location for a day of food, racing and fun.  Golden Gate Fields, Northern California’s premier horse racing facility, is pleased to offer Dollar Days every Sunday during live racing.

    Every Sunday through June 12, 2011, visitors to Golden Gate Fields can enjoy General Admission for $1, General Parking for $1, a program for $1 plus beer, hot dogs and soda for $1 each.

GGF To Simulcast Kentucky Derby Preps And Host Wiener Nationals Saturday

     Golden Gate Fields will simulcast a trio of important Kentucky Derby preps, present a 10-race card of its own, and host the Wiener Nationals Saturday.

     Grandstand and Club House gates open at 10 a.m. and there is a special 12:15 p.m. post time.  The early post time is due to Santa Anita starting its Santa Anita Derby Day program at noon.  Golden Gate Fields offers full-card simulcast wagering on racing from Santa Anita.

Jockeys Double Up At Golden Gate Fields

     Jockeys Aaron Gryder, Inoel Beato and Kevin Krigger all rode two winners and trainer Lloyd Mason saddled a pair of victors Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gryder won the first race with 5-to-1 Entrustment ($12.40) and the fourth race with
3-to-2 favorite Make It a Cougar ($5.00).  

     Beato scored his riding double with a pair of favorites, taking the second race with
8-to-5 Hamonic Motion ($5.20) and the fifth race with 5-to-2 Cahill Report ($7.60).

Hudson Landing Wires Fields On Turf; Florida Derby Simulcast Sunday

     Hudson Landing, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, pulled off a wire-to-wire victory in the $39,900 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

     Hudson Landing bested a very tough field – seven of the eight entrants owned stakes victories – in winning the one-mile allowance race by a length over 56-to-1 longshot Posse Power.  Awesome Gem, winner of the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup, finished third.

The Horses Are Back On Grass At Golden Gate Fields Saturday

     The first turf races of the 2010-2011 Golden Gate Fields meeting will be contested Saturday at the East Bay racetrack.  Post time for the nine-race card is 12:45 p.m.

     The fourth, sixth and eighth races will be decided on the Lakeside Turf Course and the three grass events have an average field size of nine runners.

Hollywood Gold Cup Champion Awesome Gem Runs Saturday At GGF

     Awesome Gem, winner of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup last year, will race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday in a salty allowance race for older horses.

    Awesome Gem is an 8-year-old gelding who has earned $2,279,682 in 39 career starts. Trained by Craig Dollase, Awesome Gem collected his first Grade 1 stakes victory last summer when he defeated Rail Trip by a half-length in the Hollywood Gold Cup.


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Hollendorfer On Hall of Fame Ballot

     Jerry Hollendorfer, the Bay Area’s all-time leading trainer and the fourth-winningest trainer in thoroughbred racing history with 5,911 victories, is among the first-time finalists for election to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.  

Bonde Headed To Kentucky Derby

     Trainer Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton is headed to the Kentucky Derby with his 3-year-old colt Twice the Appeal, who scored a 25-to-1 upset in the $800,000 Sunland Derby last Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

     Bonde said Twice the Appeal, who is stabled at Santa Anita, would train up to the “Run For The Roses.”  The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday, May 7, at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Bonde’s 25-To-1 Shot Twice The Appeal Wins $800,000 Sunland Derby At Sunland Park

     Northern California trainer Jeff Bonde pulled off a shocker Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico when he captured the $800,000 Sunland Derby with 25-to-1 shot Twice the Appeal.
    Twice the Appeal, ridden by Christian Santiago-Reyes, took the lead from Astrology in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds by 1 1/2-lengths in 1:50.91.  Astrology took second by a head over Ruler On Ice.