Friday, December 23 2011
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS OPENS 2011-2012 WINTER/SPRING MEETING MONDAY
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields has something for horse racing fans to open the day after Christmas – a brand new racing season.
Golden Gate Fields will kick off its 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting with a nine-race card Monday. Post time is 12:15 p.m. Monday is also opening day at Golden Gate Fields’ sister track in Southern California, Santa Anita, and first post at the Arcadia oval is noon.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS WILL OFFER POPULAR PLAYERS’ PICK FIVE WAGER
ALBANY -- The Players’ Pick Five, one of the most popular horse racing bets to hit California, will be offered at Golden Gate Fields during the track’s 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting.
The 101-day winter/spring meeting will open Monday, Dec. 26, and run through Sunday, June 17.
Monday, December 19 2011
ALVARADO, GRYDER, CEDILLO WIN PAIR ON FINAL DAY OF FALL MEETING AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockeys Frank Alvarado, Aaron Gryder and Abel Cedillo all rode a pair of winners on the closing-day card of the 2011 fall meeting at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Alvarado took the first race with Soul Patch ($9.80) and the seventh race with 8-to-5 favorite Moose Shootin Moma ($5.40), a filly who had failed as the favorite in her previous eight starts. Alvarado finished fourth in the jockey standings by recording 30 victories at the 36-day fall session.
Sunday, December 18 2011
DEEP, COMPETITIVE JOCKEY COLONY HIGHLIGHTS EARLY TAMPA BAY DOWNS ACTION
Returning Tampa Bay Downs riding champion Ronnie Allen, Jr. rode two winners on Saturday’s card, moving into a tie atop the jockey standings with Leandro Goncalves through seven days of the 2011-12 meeting.
Allen and Goncalves, who rode one winner, have each amassed seven victories, one more than Ricardo Feliciano.
ANTARES WORLD UPSETS HALO DOLLY IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Antares World ran down 1-to-2 favorite Halo Dolly in the final yards to win the $75,560 Pacific Heights Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Antares World, ridden by Frank Alvarado, took the 1 1/8-mile turf race for California-bred fillies and mares in 1:50.67 on a course rated “good.” Halo Dolly, under Russell Baze, held on for second by a head over Sweetly Peppered and jockey Abel Cedillo.
Saturday, December 17 2011
HALO DOLLY IS 7-TO-5 CHOICE IN PACIFIC HEIGHTS STAKES
ALBANY -- Halo Dolly has been victorious in seven of her 11 races this year and the 3-year-old filly is favored to pick up another win Saturday in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Halo Dolly is the 7-to-5 morning line favorite in the Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares bred in California. Antares World, a multiple stakes-winner, is the second choice in the field of six at 2-to-1.
Thursday, December 15 2011
AIN’T NO OTHER FAVORED IN SPRINT FEATURE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Ain’t No Other, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap at Santa Anita, is a 6-to-5 morning line favorite in Friday’s sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
The six-furlong allowance event is the third race on an eight-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. Post time for the third race is 1:48 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14 2011
FINAL WEEK OF FALL MEETING BEGINS THURSDAY AT GGF
ALBANY -- The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields’ fall meeting will feature eight-race programs on Thursday and Friday and nine-race cards on Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
The main event during closing week is the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes, which will be run Saturday. The Pacific Heights is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares bred in California.
Monday, December 12 2011
JOCKEY CEDILLO RECORDS ANOTHER SUNDAY HAT TRICK AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Abel Cedillo won three races at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, the second straight Sunday he has posted a riding triple.
Cedillo recorded a “natural” hat trick Sunday as he won the first three races on the program. Cedillo took the opener with Peppered Catnip ($3.00), the second race with Sizzling Gold ($5.00), and the third with Paprika Red ($7.40).
Saturday, December 10 2011
LUCKY CULPRIT FAVORED IN GOLD RUSH STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- The impressive maiden winner Lucky Culprit has been made the 2-to-1 morning line favorite in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The Gold Rush, a one-mile contest for 2-year-olds, attracted a field of six. Lucky Culprit will be ridden by Russell Baze and break from post position five.
Thursday, December 08 2011
BUCK’S BRO DEFEATS BATON ROO BY A NOSE AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- In what turned out to be a veritable match race, Buck’s Bro defeated Baton Roo by a nose in the $26,880 feature race at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Buck’s Bro, ridden by Francisco Duran, and Baton Roo, with Aaron Gryder aboard, raced one-two throughout the one-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up. The 4-year-old gelding Baton Roo drew alongside Buck’s Bro in midstretch but couldn’t go by the 6-year-old gelding.
Wednesday, December 07 2011
CAST OF SIX SET TO RUN IN $75,000 GOLD RUSH STAKES
ALBANY -- The $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes, a steppingstone race to the 2012 California Derby, will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
The Gold Rush is a one-mile test for 2-year-olds and entries for the race were taken Wednesday morning. Six juveniles were signed up for the feature and the top performers in the race will likely be pointed for the $100,000 California Derby on Saturday, Jan. 14.