Racing News

Golden Gate Fields Opens 2010-2011 Racing Season Sunday, Dec. 26

     After a six-day break for the holidays, live thoroughbred racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, Dec. 26, when the track kicks off its 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.  The 104-day season will run through June 12.

Couton Steals Another Stakes at GGF, Wins Pacific Heights With Catsalot

     Jockey Julien Couton stole a stakes race at Golden Gate Fields for the second straight week when he guided Catsalot to a wire-to-wire victory in the $75,600 Pacific Heights Stakes.

    Couton, who earned his first career stakes win on Dec. 11 when he piloted Positive Response to a front-running score in the Gold Rush Stakes, was all alone on the lead with Catsalot throughout the 1 1/8-mile Pacific Heights.

Antares World Is Heavy Favorite In Pacific Heights Stakes at GGF

     Antares World will be a heavy favorite Saturday to end her 2010 campaign the same way she started it – with a stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze, Schvaneveldt, Romero All Ride Pair Of Winners

     Jockeys Russell Baze, Chad Schvaneveldt, and Hector Romero all rode a pair of winners at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.  

     Baze, who long ago wrapped up his 39th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields, won the first race with High Brite Cielo ($7.80) and the fourth with Wild and Gotaway ($5.00).  Baze leads his colleagues with 69 victories heading into the final three days of the fall meeting.

Pacific Heights Stakes Featured On Closing Weekend at GGF

     Golden Gate Fields wraps up its 2010 fall meeting with racing Thursday through Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day and closing weekend will feature the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes on Saturday and $1 specials on Sunday.

     The Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares bred in California, is scheduled to be run on the turf, however, with rain in the forecast it’s likely the stakes will be moved to Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.

Hollendorfer Longshots Run One-Two In Feature

     Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent out a pair of longshots in Sunday’s feature at Golden Gate Fields and then watched them run one-two in the
1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares.

     Rainbow Luck, an 11-to-1 outsider ridden by Frank Alvarado, held off Cover Story, a 9-to-1 shot ridden by Catalino Martinez, to win the allowance contest by a neck.  Eyes On the Prize finished third.

Positive Response Wires Field In Gold Rush Stakes at GGF

     The 2-year-old gelding Positive Response and 29-year-old French jockey Julien Couton both earned their first stakes victory Saturday when they ran away with the $75,900 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Simulcast Wagering Wednesday, Dec. 15

Golden Gate Fields will open its Club House at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 15 for a simulcast wagering program.

     Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume next week on Thursday, December 16.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

Positive Response Favored On Gold Rush Stakes Morning Line

     Positive results are expected from Positive Response in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Positive Response is a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to win the Gold Rush, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds.  The Gold Rush, scheduled to be run at 3:45 p.m., is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

Baze Wins With Favorite, Then Price Horse at GGF

     Jockey Russell Baze rode back-to-back winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields, scoring with a heavy favorite and a price horse.  

     Baze won the sixth race with 3-to-5 favorite Bimbo Magic, who romped home by
3 1/4 lengths and paid $3.20.  Bimbo Magic, claimed by William E. Morey from leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for $10,000 on Nov. 17, was claimed back by “The Dorf” Thursday for $12,500.