Tuesday, February 21 2012
STORMY LUCY SCORES 32-TO-1 UPSET IN SPRINT FEATURE AT GGF
ALBANY -- Stormy Lucy rocked the boat on Presidents’ Day at Golden Gate Fields when she won the featured eighth race at odds of 32-to-1.
Ridden by Pedro Terrero, Stormy Lucy outran 4-to-5 favorite Curvy Cat down the stretch to win the 5 1/2-furlong dash for 3-year-old fillies by 1 3/4 lengths. Royal Trick finished third.
Monday, February 20 2012
DADDY NOSE BEST, LUCKY CHAPPY EXIT EL CAMINO REAL DERBY WELL
ALBANY -- Daddy Nose Best and Lucky Chappy, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s $201,300 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, both came out of their thrilling stretch battle in good order.
Daddy Nose Best defeated Lucky Chappy by a nose, the closest finish in the 31-year history of the El Camino Real Derby. Daddy Nose Best is trained by Midwest-based Steve Asmussen, who won Northern California’s major Kentucky Derby prep for the second straight year. Asmussen won the 2011 El Camino Real Derby with Silver Medallion.
Saturday, February 18 2012
HALL OF FAMERS HOLLENDORFER, BAZE SEEK MORE EL CAMINO REAL DERBY GLORY
ALBANY -- The two most prolific horsemen in the history of the El Camino Real Derby – Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze and Hall of Famer trainer Jerry Hollendorfer –will team up with the fast filly Lady of Fifty in the 31st running of the stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze has won the El Camino Real Derby eight times, including six of the past seven years. Baze scored his victories with Silver Medallion (2011), Connemara (2010),
Chocolate Candy (2009), Bwana Bull (2007), Cause to Believe (2006), Uncle Denny (2005), Event of the Year (1998), and French Legionaire (1984).
Friday, February 17 2012
EL CAMINO REAL DERBY ENTRANTS BRING VARIED CREDENTIALS INTO RACE
ALBANY -- The field for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields includes the California Derby winner (Russian Greek), two horses that competed in the Breeders’ Cup last November at Churchill Downs, (Daddy Nose Best and Lucky Chappy), and a filly with a three-stakes winning streak (Lady of Fifty).
The El Camino Real Derby will have its 31st running Saturday and post time for the feature, the eighth race on a nine-race program, is 4:43 p.m. Fans attending Golden Gate Fields will receive a free El Camino Real Derby shirt that features the silks of the 30 winners of the race.
Thursday, February 16 2012
HOLLENDORFER STAKES STARS AMONG 10 ENTERED IN GRADE 3 $200,000 EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
ALBANY -- Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will fire two bullets – a fast filly named Lady of Fifty and a stretch-running colt named Russian Greek – when he takes aim at another victory in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The field for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s premier event for Triple Crown hopefuls, was drawn this morning and 10 runners were entered in the 1 1/8-mile feature for 3-year-olds.
Sunday, February 12 2012
EAST COAST JOCKEYS LEPAROUX, GARCIA HEADED TO GGF FOR EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
ALBANY -- French rider Julien Leparoux, a two-time champion jockey in the U.S., and Peruvian rider Alan Garcia, who won the 2008 Belmont Stakes aboard longshot Da’ Tara, will both be at Golden Gate Fields Saturday to compete in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.
Leparoux, one of only four jockeys in racing history to win Eclipse Awards as champion apprentice (2006) and champion journeyman (2009), will ride Daddy Nose Best for trainer Steve Asmussen in the El Camino Real Derby. Leparoux, 28, is currently based at Gulfstream Park in Florida,
LARGE FIELD SHAPING UP FOR $200,000 EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
ALBANY -- A large and competitive field is shaping up for the 31st running of the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Northern California’s top prep race for the Kentucky Derby, the El Camino Real Derby will be run Saturday. The race will be carried live on Comcast SportsNet California during its one-hour telecast (4 p.m. to 5 p.m.) from Golden Gate Fields.
Thursday, February 09 2012
WELL KEPT NARROW FAVORITE IN DEARLY PRECIOUS
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Saturday’s $75,000 Dearly Precious at Aqueduct Racetrack will be a test of class for its five talented fillies, who have combined for an 8-4-2 record from 16 starts.
Favored at 9-5 in the six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies, which will be contested as race 4 on the 10-race card, is Well Kept, most recently second to the undefeated Agave Kiss in the Big A’s Ruthless on January 14.
RUSSIAN GREEK WORKS IN FOG AS EL CAMINO REAL DERBY NEARS
ALBANY -- Russian Greek, the California Derby winner, worked six furlongs in the fog Wednesday morning at Golden Gate Fields as he continues to prep for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.
Russian Greek, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, worked in company with stablemate Successful Bluff and the two 3-year-old colts navigated their way through the foggy conditions in 1:16 3/5 handily. Jockey Aaron Gryder was aboard Russian Greek and jockey Russell Baze was atop Successful Bluff.
Monday, February 06 2012
BAZE, GRYDER WIN HALF THE RACES ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY CARD AT GGF
ALBANY -- Russell Baze and Aaron Gryder, the two leading jockeys at Golden Gate Fields, combined to win half the races on the track’s Super Bowl Sunday racing program.
Due to the Super Bowl, Golden Gate Fields started its eight-race card at 11:15 a.m. and Gryder tallied in the early opener with Lady Hokulea ($4.80). The 7-to-5 favorite, Lady Hokulea held off 12-to-1 outsider Roll Your Eyes to win by a neck.
Sunday, February 05 2012
GGF SCHEDULES EARLY POST TIME SUNDAY SO FANS CAN GET HOME FOR SUPER BOWL
ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special post time of 11:15 a.m. for Sunday’s racing program. The early start will enable the eight-race card to be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., well before kickoff of the Super Bowl (3:30 p.m.).
All gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and Golden Gate Fields will give away eight 42-inch high definition televisions and also offer fans the usual Dollar Day Sunday specials – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.
Friday, February 03 2012
MOREY FAMILY ENJOYS WINNING DAY AT GGF
ALBANY -- The Morey family enjoyed a big Friday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields as veteran trainer William J. Morey, Jr. saddled one winner and his son, trainer William E. Morey, sent out a pair of winners.
William J. Morey took the first race on the eight-race card with Grantmartyamiracle ($5.20). The 8-to-5 second choice in the betting, Grantmartyamiracle captured the
5 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Russell Baze.