Saturday, December 20 2008
BACKBACKBACKGONE FAVORED IN GOLD RUSH STAKES
ALBANY -- Backbackbackgone, a winner of three of his four career starts, is the one to beat in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The Gold Rush is a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that will be run on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. The feature is the eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.
Friday, December 19 2008
STERLING MISTY BEATS FAVORED ALPINE YODEL BY A NOSE
ALBANY -- Sterling Misty, an 8-to-1 outsider ridden by Alex Bisono, defeated even-money favorite Alpine Yodel by a nose in the $28,600 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Alpine Yodel and jockey Russell Baze came up just inches short of scoring a wire-to-wire victory in the one-mile contest for 3-year-old fillies. They were denied by Sterling Misty, who tracked the favorite from the start and got her nose down on the wire.
Sterling Mistry returned $18.40 after completing a mile on a "yielding" Lakeside Turf Course in 1:37.59. Trained by Bill Delia and owned by Marshall Boschetti, Sterling Misty earned $18,000 for the victory.
Thursday, December 18 2008
BAZE RIDES FOUR WINNERS TO REACH 100-VICTORY MARK AT GGF FALL MEETING
ALBANY -- Russell Baze rode four winners Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields and the four-bagger powered the Hall of Famer to the 100-win mark at fall meeting.
The 67-day fall session concludes Sunday and Baze heads into the final\ four days of the season with a huge 100-56 advantage in the jockey standings over Frank Alvarado. Roberto Gonzalez is third with 54 wins.
Baze won the first race with Crafty Power ($5.00), the third with Hornung ($2.60), the fourth with Devil Cielo ($5.40) and the sixth with Islandhoppertopper ($5.00).
Wednesday, December 17 2008
FINAL WEEK OF GGF FALL MEETING BEGINS WEDNESDAY WITH PICK SIX CARRYOVER
ALBANY -- The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields' fall meeting gets underway Wednesday with an eight-race card that features a Pick Six carryover of $17,237.
Post time Wednesday through Sunday, closing day, is 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday's Pick Six, a wager which challenges handicappers to select the winners of six consecutive races, will be held on races three through eight. Post time for the third race is 1:45 p.m.
Monday, December 15 2008
GONZALEZ, POWERS LILSIS WIN SPRINT FEATURE
ALBANY -- Powers Lilsis, responding to strong urging from jockey Roberto Gonzalez down the stretch, ran down pacesetter Judy Patootie in the final yards to win the $36,240 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Powers Lilsis defeated Judy Patootie by 1 1/4 lengths in the six-furlong contest for fillies and mares and paid $15.60 after stopping the timer in 1:10.20. Stop the Humor finished third.
Saturday, December 13 2008
WILL O WAY 4-TO-5 FAVORITE IN CORTE MADERA STAKES
ALBANY -- Will O Way, who ran third to a filly that is likely to be named the champion 2-year-old filly of 2008, is expected to be a strong favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Corte Madera will be run at one mile on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Will O Way is the 4-to-5 morning line choice in a field of six and she'll have the services of jockey Russell Baze.
Friday, December 12 2008
ALVARADO, SHERMAN TEAM UP FOR PAIR OF VICTORIES
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado and trainer Steve Sherman teamed up for a pair of victories at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Alvarado and Sherman took the fourth race with heavy favorite Newport Lulu, who paid $3.00 after running off to a seven-length victory in a six-furlong contest for fillies and mares.
The duo came back to win the sixth race with Skyspy, who returned $11.20 after upsetting 1-to-2 favorite Summer Haze by one length in a six-furlong dash for 3-year-olds.
Wednesday, December 10 2008
LONGTIME RACING OFFICIAL CHARLIE PALMER PASSES
Charlie Palmer, who spent more than 60 years working in the California horse racing industry, died of an aneurism at his home in Railroad Flats (Calaveras County) last Sunday. Palmer was 80.
Palmer began his career parking cars and cleaning stalls at Bay Area racetracks. He moved up through the ranks on the Northern California fair circuit to assistant operations manager, stable superintendent, patrol judge and racing secretary.
HANDICAPPING CONTESTS AT GGF THIS WEEK
ALBANY -- A busy week at Golden Gate Fields will feature three handicapping contests, the $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes and a snow party for kids.
Thoroughbred racing will be conducted Wednesday through Sunday and post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
Golden Gate Fields will host single-day handicapping contests Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The winner of each day's contest will earn an all-expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the 2009 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Contest.
Monday, December 08 2008
LEADING TRAINER HOLLENDORFER SADDLES THREE WINNERS
ALBANY -- On a Sunday when several horsemen recorded multiple victories at Golden Gate Fields, leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer still came out on top.
Hollendorfer saddled three winners while trainers Steve Miyadi and Steve Sherman and jockeys Russell Baze, William Antongeorgi III and Leslie Mawing all won two races apiece.
Sunday, December 07 2008
ALVARADO WINS ANOTHER STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Frank Alvarado recorded his third straight stakes win at Golden Gate Fields Saturday when he guided Lady Railrider to a come-from-behind victory in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes.
Alvarado started his stakes winning streak on Nov. 22 when he captured the Sausalito with Siren Lure ($12.60). Six days later, Alvarado won the Forty Niner Stakes aboard Dakota Phone ($6.20) and promptly predicted he'd be back in the winner's circle following the Pacific Heights.
Saturday, December 06 2008
YOU LIFT ME UP WILL TRY TO COMPLETE STAKES HAT TRICK SATURDAY
ALBANY -- You Lift Me Up will seek her third stakes victory of the year Saturday when she faces six opponents in the $75,000 Pacific Heights at Golden Gate Fields.
Post time is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the nine-race card will receive a free Golden Gate Fields long sleeve shirt.
The Pacific Heights is for California-bred fillies and mares and will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Tapeta. The feature is the eighth race on the card and is scheduled to be run at 4:15 p.m.