Wednesday, November 19 2008
TOP HORSES SCHEDULED TO RUN AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Several talented horses will be in action this week at Golden Gate Fields when the track presents racing Wednesday through Sunday. Post time each day is 12:45 p.m.
Irish-bred Artiste Royal, a multiple Grade I stakes winner, is scheduled to run in the third race Friday. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Artiste Royal will face six rivals in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the Lakeside Turf Course.
Artiste Royal will be making his first start since winning the Grade 1 Charlie Whittingham Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 7. A consistent 7-year-old ridgling, Artiste Royal has finished in the money in 18 of his 25 career starts while earning $773,990.
Monday, November 17 2008
EXERCISE RIDER DIES IN BARN AREA ACCIDENT
ALBANY -- Veteran exercise rider Ignacio Ramirez sustained fatal injuries Sunday morning when the horse he was aboard flipped over and fell on him in the barn area at Golden Gate Fields.
Ramirez, 58, had just left the barn and was heading to the racetrack for a workout when the filly he was riding became spooked by something and flipped over suddenly. The filly, a thoroughbred racehorse, was not injured.
Sunday, November 16 2008
RUNNING RICH NOTCHES THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Running Rich recorded his third straight impressive victory at the 2008 fall meeting when he ran away to a four-length score in the $39,240 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Ridden by Roberto Gonzalez and trained by Kent Molinaro, Running Rich came from just off the pace to win the one-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up in 1:36.26. Sydney Again took second by two lengths over Gabriel's Hill
Saturday, November 15 2008
AUTISM AWARENESS RETURNS SATURDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- Autism Awareness, who scored a shocking upset in the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows last March, makes his return to the races Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Autism Awareness, a colt named to bring attention to the complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others, won the El Camino Real Derby at odds of 62-to-1. Autism Awareness paid $126.00 to win and garnered the attention of national turf writers, who wrote of the colt and his cause.
Friday, November 14 2008
FRUMIOUS RECORDS THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
ALBANY -- The speedy 2-year-old colt Frumious posted his third straight victory Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he led his rivals from start to finish in the $37,500 allowance feature.
Trained by Jeff Bonde and ridden by Chris Landeros, Frumious won the one-mile test for 2-year-olds by two lengths over Skimasco in 1:37.59. Mt. Davidson finished third while 2-to-1 favorite Dave's Pacemaker checked in fourth.
Thursday, November 13 2008
FORMER TRAINER HILLING PASSES
Former Northern California trainer Jim Hilling, who sent out Show Dancer to a second-place finish behind Miesque in the 1987 Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park, died Tuesday night at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley from pneumonia and other complications.
Hilling, who had his son, David, and longtime companion Kit Conner at his bedside, was 66.
Wednesday, November 12 2008
STONE TO FILL IN FOR WRONA IN ANNOUNCER’S BOOTH AT GGF
ALBANY -- Travis Stone, a 24-year-old native of New York and the track announcer at Harrah's Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will call the action at Golden Gate Fields this Wednesday through Sunday.
Stone will be filling in for Golden Gate Fields track announcer Michael Wrona, who will be calling the races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., this week.
Wrona and Stone are two of five "guest announcers" that Churchill Downs is employing during its 2008 Fall meeting. Churchill Downs officials are seeking a replacement for the late Luke Kruytbosch, who died of a heart attack on July 14 at age 47. Kruytbosch was the voice of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1999.
Monday, November 10 2008
TRAINER SPECHT SEES HIS HORSES DEAD-HEAT FOR WIN AT GGF
ALBANY -- Steve Specht enjoyed a thrill experienced by very few trainers Sunday when he watched his horses dead-heat for the win in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields.
The rare same-trainer dead-heat occurred in the $38,700 allowance feature, a 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares in which Specht's two entrants, Shes a Lucky Wager and Lady Railrider, couldn't be separated at the wire.
Shes a Lucky Wager, who was last in the field of 10 through the opening half-mile, and Lady Railrider, who raced in fourth through most of the race, both rallied strongly down the stretch to earn a share of the victory.
Sunday, November 09 2008
BAZE STAYS HOT - WINS A PAIR OF RACES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Jockey Russell Baze followed up his hat trick on Friday with a riding double Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Baze, the leading rider at the Fall meeting with 55 victories, scored his wins with heavy favorites - McMurtry ($2.80) in the first race and Joshua's Dream ($4.20) in the eighth.
Saturday, November 08 2008
JAMES, ANTONGEORGI TEAM UP FOR TWO MORE WINS AT GGF
ALBANY -- The combination of trainer Greg James and jockey William Antongeorgi III struck again - actually twice - Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
James and Antongeorgi, who teamed up to win the sixth race Thursday with Simple Justice ($6.60), clicked again in the first and sixth races Friday. The duo took the opener with Summer Solstice ($7.80) and the sixth with Private Quaters ($8.40).
Friday, November 07 2008
DANCIN CANDY DANCES TO ANOTHER WIN ON TAPETA
ALBANY -- Dancin Candy high stepped his way to another victory on Golden Gate Fields' synthetic Tapeta racing surface Thursday.
Golden Gate Fields installed the Tapeta track in the summer of 2007, much to the delight of Dancin Candy, who has enjoyed great success on the surface. In nine starts on Tapeta, Dancin Candy has recorded four wins and two seconds.
Dancin Candy rallied from off the pace to win Thursday's featured fourth race, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up, by three-quarters of a length over even-money favorite Choctaw Chief. Suffolk Punch finished third.
Thursday, November 06 2008
BAZE WINS FAMILY AFFAIR AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS
ALBANY -- It was father-in-law versus son-in-law in the stretch run of the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.
The father-in-law, a Hall of Fame jockey named Russell Baze, prevailed in a photo finish over his son-in-law, Kyle Kaenel. Baze and River Rebel defeated Kaenel and Shining Day by a head in the one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up.
River Rebel and Shining Day hooked up at the top of the stretch and battled head and head to the wire. River Rebel, despite trying to lug into his rival throughout the final furlong, got the bob and paid $3.60 to win as the 4-to-5 favorite.