Monday, January 05 2009


BAZE, HOLLENDORFER HAVE TRIPLES


ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze recorded a riding triple and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled three winners Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Baze and Hollendorfer teamed up to win the last two races on the card, taking the eighth race with Paul's Hope ($6.40) and the ninth with I Wanna Getaway ($2.80).

Baze started his hat trick when he won the fourth race aboard Penuche Royale ($8.80). Hollendorfer kicked off his training triple when he captured the first race with Warren's Pepe ($6.40).





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Sunday, January 04 2009


BEAMING BABE RUNS AWAY TO BIG WIN


ALBANY -- Beaming Babe simply ran away from her five opponents in the $35,880 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Beaming Babe, trained by Steve Specht and ridden by Alex Bisono, took command at the start of the six-furlong race for fillies and mares and was never threatened. Drawing off impressively the down the stretch, Beaming Babe crossed the wire nine lengths clear of runner-up Northern Station. Schill finished third.





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Friday, January 02 2009


BACKBACKBACKGONE HITS HOMER IN GOLDEN BEAR STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Backbackbackgone hit a homer in the $75,000 Golden Bear Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

Going to bat in front of a New Year's Day crowd of 8,038, Backbackbackgone came from just off the pace to win the six-furlong feature for 3-year-olds by one length over Free Action in 1:11.01. Revoluta finished third.





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Thursday, January 01 2009


BACKBACKBACKGONE, REVOLUTA MEET IN GOLDEN BEAR AT GGF


ALBANY -- The promising colts Backbackbackgone and Revoluta will meet Thursday at Golden Gate Fields in the $75,000 Golden Bear Stakes, the main event on a special New Year's Day racing program. Post time is 12:45 p.m

The Golden Bear is a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and the race attracted a field of five. The feature is the third event on a nine-race card.





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Tuesday, December 30 2008


GONZALEZ RIDES BACK-TO-BACK WINNERS


ALBANY -- Jockey Roberto Gonzalez posted victories in back-to-back races Monday at Golden Gate Fields.

Gonzalez, riding horses that were heavily bet, won the fourth race with holiday season hunch play Christmas Lady ($4.20) and the fifth with Hava Java ($5.20). The "Gonzalez Daily Double" covering races four and five paid $12.00.





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Monday, December 29 2008


MERRY MARINO IMPRESSIVE IN WINNING FEATURE AT GGF


ALBANY -- Merry Marino, receiving a confident ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, won the $21,580 feature race at Golden Gate Fields in impressive fashion Sunday.

Alvarado waited until midstretch before asking Merry Marino for her best and she responded with a strong closing kick, pulling away from her five opponents for a two-length victory in the one-mile contest for 2-year-old fillies.





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Sunday, December 28 2008


LEDEZMA SADDLES THIRD STRAIGHT WINNER AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Trainer Sergio Ledezma is off to a perfect start at the 2008-2009 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields.

The 118-day season opened Friday with Ledezma winning the first race of meeting with Serpetineserpetine, who paid $4.40 after romping to a 51/2-length victory in a 5 /2-furlong contest for fillies and mares. Serpetineserpetine was Ledezma's only starter on opening day.

Ledezma sent out two horses Saturday and both reported home winners. Ledezma captured the third race with Change Your Mask ($6.80) and the fourth with Sagle's Guy (6.40).





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Saturday, December 27 2008


UNUSUAL SUSPECT, SUTHERLAND WIN SILVEYVILLE STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Canadian jockey Chantal Sutherland, riding in her first race at Golden Gate Fields, guided Unusual Suspect to a one-length victory in the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes Friday.

One of the top jockeys in her homeland, Sutherland has been riding in Southern California the past few months and was sent to Golden Gate Fields to ride Unusual Suspect by Santa Anita-based trainer Barry Abrams.





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Friday, December 26 2008


GOLDEN GATE FIELDS OPENS 118-DAY WINTER/SPRING SEASON FRIDAY


ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.

Friday's opener will feature nine races, including the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes, the third contest on the card. Pass the Heat, a 5-year-old gelding who has won nine of his 19 career races and $330,499, is among the six horses entered in the Silveyville.





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Wednesday, December 24 2008


GOLDEN GATE FIELDS OPENS 118-DAY


ALBANY -- Golden Gate Fields will give horse racing fans a present the day after Christmas when it opens its 118-day winter/spring season Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.

Friday's opener will feature nine races, including the $75,000 Silveyville Stakes, the third contest on the card. Pass the Heat, a 5-year-old gelding who has won nine of his 19 career races and $330,499, is among the six horses entered in the Silveyville.





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Monday, December 22 2008


BAZE, HOLLENDORFER CELEBRATE TITLE-WINNING CAMPAIGNS


ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer put exclamation points on their title-winning campaigns at Golden Gate Fields by scoring multiple victories Sunday, closing day of the track's 2008 fall meeting.

Baze rode four winners and finished the 67-day season with 107 victories to easily claim his 34th career riding championship at Golden Gate Fields. Frank Alvarado finished second in the jockey standings with 63 wins and Roberto Gonzalez was third with 55.





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Sunday, December 21 2008


MERUS MIAMI RALLIES FROM LAST TO WIN GOLD RUSH STAKES AT GGF


ALBANY -- Merus Miami dropped back to last on the backstretch and then rallied through the final quarter of a mile to win the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes by one length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Trained by O. J. Jauregui and ridden by Alex Bisono, Merus Miami captured the one-mile race for 2-year-olds in 1:38.48 on the synthetic Tapeta track. Adriatic Moon took second by a length over 7-to-5 favorite Cut the Check.





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