Thursday, February 02 2012


GOLDEN GATE FIELDS SCHEDULES SPECIAL EARLY POST TIME FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY


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.





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Monday, January 30 2012


GOLDEN GATE FIELDS WINNER PROPELLED LOUISIANA MAN TO VICTORY IN NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP


The nose win by the 4-year-old filly Glorious Dancer in the ninth and final race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday propelled Michael Beychok of Baton Rouge, La., to victory in the 2012 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.

Beychok, 48, amassed a winning score of $238.60 from 30 mythical $2 win and place bets over the two-day tournament held at the Treasure Island Las Vegas. Beychok never led until he scored with Glorious Dancer ($8.20 to win, $3.80 to place) in the contest’s final race, the ninth at Golden Gate Fields.





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Sunday, January 29 2012


SHUDACUDAWUDYA CAPTURES ALBANY STAKES


ALBANY -- Shudacudawudya, the 6-to-5 favorite, ran down 7-to-1 outsider Live Sundays in the final yards to win the $65,260 Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Receiving a fine ride from his regular pilot, jockey Francisco Duran, Shudacudawudya came from just off the pace to win the six-furlong contest for older horses by a half-length over Live Sundays in 1:09.04. Reagan Republican took third by a head over Oakland Stakes winner Sourdough Sam.





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Friday, January 27 2012


SHUDACUDAWUDYA FAVORED IN SATURDAY’S ALBANY STAKES


ALBANY -- Shudacudawudya has been made the favorite over Sourdough Sam and four other rivals in $50,000-added Albany Stakes, which will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

The Albany is a six-furlong sprint for older horses and Shudacudawudya is the 9-to-5 choice on the morning line. Sourdough Sam is the second choice at 5-to-2.





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9-YEAR-OLD GELDING ANZISONG NOTCHES 13TH CAREER VICTORY


ALBANY -- The 9-year-old gelding Anzisong notched his 13th career victory Thursday at Golden Gate Fields when he led from start to finish in a 1 1/16-mile race for $4,000 claimers.

Anzisong, who raised his career winning percentage to 37.1, has finished in the money in 22 of his 35 career starts. The veteran earned $4,730 for his latest victory and the payday boosted his bankroll to $153,074.





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Monday, January 23 2012


HALL OF FAMERS GO BACK-TO-BACK AT GGF


ALBANY -- Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze teamed up with Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to win back-to-back races Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

The longtime dynamic duo of Northern California horse racing won the fifth race with Rica’s Ready ($6.60) and the sixth race with Rocksprings Texas ($4.40). The Daily Double covering the fifth and sixth races returned $12.80.





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Sunday, January 22 2012


LADY OF FIFTY EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT STAKES VICTORY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- Lady of Fifty recorded her third straight stakes victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when she led from start to finish in the $100,000 California Oaks.

Lady of Fifty won the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-old fillies by 3 1/4 lengths over stablemate Sweet Nothings as trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddled the exacta in the California Oaks. Run the Blues Away finished third.





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Friday, January 20 2012


LADY OF FIFTY 8-TO-5 FAVORITE IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA OAKS


ALBANY -- Lady of Fifty has won two straight stakes and the Kentucky-bred filly is favored to collect another stakes victory Saturday in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

Lady of Fifty is the 8-to-5 morning line favorite in the California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. The stakes attracted a field of seven, however, the lineup was reduced to six runners when trainer Jerry Hollendorfer scratched Milania from the race Friday morning.





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Thursday, January 19 2012


LADY OF FIFTY HEADS HOLLENDORFER TRIO IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA OAKS AT GGF


ALBANY -- Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out a trio of fillies in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

The California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of seven. Hollendorfer will be represented by Lady of Fifty, Sweet Nothings, and Milania.





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Tuesday, January 17 2012


BOLD CHIEFTAIN COMES UP A NOSE SHORT IN 47TH AND FINAL START


ALBANY -- Bold Chieftain ran too good to lose his career finale Monday at Golden Gate Fields but the 9-year-old horse had to settle for second after the photo finish camera showed he lost by inches to Dunmore East in the $42,196 allowance feature.

Bold Chieftain, making his 47th start, rallied strongly along the rail through the stretch and just missed tagging front-runner Dunmore East, who won the 1 1/16-mile contest for older horses by a nose in 1:44.28. Dunmore East paid $8.80.





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Monday, January 16 2012


BOLD CHIEFTAIN MAKES HIS ‘SWAN SONG’ MONDAY AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS


ALBANY -- The multiple stakes-winning millionaire Bold Chieftain raced eight times in 2011, a year in which he was supposed to be servicing mares in the breeding shed. His stud career was stymied, however, when the farm he was going to stand at closed down and no other breeding farms expressed interest.

Bold Chieftain will make his first and only start of 2012 Monday at Golden Gate Fields in the featured third race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance test for older horses. One week after the race, Bold Chieftain, finally, will be on his way to the breeding shed at Ellen Jackson’s Victory Rose Thoroughbreds farm in Vacaville.





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Sunday, January 15 2012


RUSSIAN GREEK TRIUMPHS IN CALIFORNIA DERBY


ALBANY -- Russian Greek duplicated his come-from-behind victory in the Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 10 by charging from last to first to win the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Russian Greek, ridden by Aaron Gryder, ran down 29-to-1 Cahill Chrome – the longest shot on the tote board – in the final yards to win the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds by one length in 1:45.07. Senor Rain finished third.





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