Racing News

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.  

Jockey Baze, Trainer Morey Enjoy Holiday Triples At GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze spent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Golden Gate Fields the same way he spent Sunday at the East Bay track – by making multiple visits to the winner’s circle.

Baze Bounces Back From Saturday Fall to win four races at Golden Gate Fields

     Russell Baze, who missed Saturday’s California Derby Day program due a neck sprain he sustained in a fall prior to the first race, bounced right back Sunday to win four races at Golden Gate Fields.

    Baze hit the dirt Saturday when he was unseated by the 6-year-old mare Joffe’s Run during warm-ups for the opener.  Baze missed all seven of his scheduled mounts while being checked out at Alta Bates Hospital, where X-rays proved negative and cleared the way for his return to the saddle Sunday.

Positive Response Proves He’s ‘The Best 3-Year-Old At GGF’

     French jockey Julien Couton summed things up quite nicely after guiding Positive Response to an impressive victory in the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     “He’s definitely the best 3-year-old at Golden Gate Fields,” said Couton of Positive Response, a Florida-bred son of Pomeroy who collected his second straight stakes victory and his third consecutive win at the East Bay racetrack.

Sadler Seeking Back-To-Back Victories In California Derby

      John Sadler, one of the leading trainers in Southern California, will try to win the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields for the second straight year when he sends out Dancing At Dark in the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-olds Saturday.

Positive Response Favored On California Derby Morning Line

     Positive Response has been installed a 5-to-2 favorite on the morning line to capture the 96th running of the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Full Field of 12 Entered In $100,000 California Derby

     Entries for the California Derby were taken Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields and the $100,000 race for 3-year-olds attracted a full field of 12.

     The California Derby will be run Saturday and fans attending Golden Gate Fields with a paid admission will receive a free 70th anniversary sweatshirt.  Grandstand and club house gates open at 10 a.m.; the Turf Club at 11 a.m.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.  

Jockey Couton Rides Four Winners, Cartwright Gets First Bay Area Win

     French jockey Julien Couton rode four winners and English apprentice rider Alice Cartwright earned her first victory in the Bay Area Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.