Racing News

Nor Cal Trainers Hoping To Score Upsets In Sunshine Millions Saturday

     Northern California trainers Jeff Bonde, Steve Specht and Jerry Hollendorfer are all hoping to score major upsets in the Sunshine Millions Saturday.

     A bicoastal event, the Sunshine Millions consists of six rich stakes races that are restricted to horses bred in California and Florida.  Three of the races are run at Santa Anita in Southern California and three are run at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

El Camino Real Derby Highlights February Racing Schedule at GGF

     The 30th running of the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby highlights the February racing schedule at Golden Gate Fields.

     The El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s premier race for 3-year-olds who are hoping to make it to the Triple Crown events, will be run Saturday, Feb. 12.  

Shudacudawudya Makes Triumphant Return To Races

     Shudacudawudya made a triumphant return to the races Thursday when he rallied from just off the pace to win the $47,120 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Making his first start since recovering from a fracture in a hind leg, Shudacudawudya unleashed a strong stretch kick to win the six-furlong allowance contest by three-quarters of a length over Our Minesweeper.  

Join Russell Baze for his Induction into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame

     Russell Baze will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 25, and racing fans are invited to join Russell for the induction ceremony, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple in Oakland (4766 Lincoln, Ave.).

Sunshine Millions Simulcast Saturday

     The simulcast of the Sunshine Millions, a bicoastal event featuring rich  stakes races at Gulfstream Park in Florida and Santa Anita in Southern California, will be featured Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Miss Match Makes Winning West Coast Debut at GGF

     The Argentine-bred mare Miss Match made a winning West Coast debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when she charged from last to first in the $40,000 allowance feature.

     Miss Match, winner of the Group I Argentine Oaks in 2008, made her first six starts in her homeland before coming to the U.S. in 2009.  She was based on the East Coast, where she won twice in 12 starts.

Simulcast Wednesday at GGF; FREE Admission

     Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday, Jan. 26 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), Aqueduct 4-9 (10:53 a.m.), Gulfstream Park/San Isidro 3-16 (10:58 a.m.), Philadelphia Park 5-9 (11:04 a.m.), Laurel Park/Valparaiso 5-15 (11:26 a.m.), Turf Paradise 1-9 (11:30 a.m.), and Portland Meadows 1-9 (12:40 p.m.).

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

Jockeys Order Up A Round Of Doubles At Golden Gate Fields

     The theme of the afternoon at Golden Gate Fields Saturday was riding doubles as four jockeys made repeat visits to the winner’s circle.

     Julien Couton, Leslie Mawing, David Lopez and Hector Romero all rode a pair of winners on the nine-race program.  Mawing and Lopez earned style points for posting their victories in back-to-back races.

Smiling Tiger, Bonde, Baze Featured In Palos Verdes Simulcast Saturday

     Trainer Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton and jockey Russell Baze of Woodside are expected to win the $150,000 Palos Verdes Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday with their top sprinter Smiling Tiger.

    Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire nine-race card from Santa Anita and post time for the Palos Verdes, the seventh event on the program, is 3:37 p.m.  First post at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m.

Jockey Russell Baze To Be Inducted Into Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in Oakland

     Russell Baze, who has won more races than any jockey in the history of thoroughbred racing, will be inducted into the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (MESHOF) in Oakland, California, on Friday, Feb. 25, in a ceremony that will be held at the Interstate Center-Mormon Temple.