Golden Gate Fields will kick off its 36-day Fall Meet on Thursday, with first post time for a seven-race card at 12:45 p.m. PT. The nine-week meeting, which concludes on Sunday, Dec. 15, will include nine stakes races and a plethora of turf action. First post time each day will be at 12:45 p.m., with three exceptions, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28 (first post 11:15 a.m.), Breeders Cup Friday, Nov. 1 (12:05 p.m.) and Breeders' Cup Saturday, Nov. 2 (11:40 a.m.).
“We are really looking forward to our Fall Meeting,” said David Duggan, Vice President and General Manager of Golden Gate Fields. “Our stakes schedule ensures that we will have a high level of competitive racing at the meet. We also have a significant number of 2-year-olds on the backstretch right now, so we are equally excited about seeing our younger horses develop over the next few months.
“Our team is committed to making our racing product the most attractive it can possibly be for our loyal customers, viewers and broadcasters and we will continue to work on that every day.”
The meet figures to be highlighted by the Grade III, $100,000 Berkeley Handicap on Saturday, Nov. 30. The Berkeley is for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on the Tapeta main track. One additional stakes, the Joseph T. Grace Stakes for 3-year-olds and up on turf, has been added to an already-strong stakes schedule and will be run for the first time on Nov. 2.
Four out of the Fall Meet's nine stakes races are for two year olds: the Pike Place Dancer for fillies on turf Oct. 26, the Golden Nugget on Nov. 9, the Golden Gate Debutante on Nov. 29, and the Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 7.
The best sprinters in Northern California will clash in the Oakland Stakes on Nov. 16, and fillies and mares will be center stage on closing weekend with the Bear Fan Stakes on Dec. 14 and the Miss America Stakes on Dec. 15.
Golden Gate's popular “Dollar Day Sunday” promotion returns to the Bayside track, with each Sunday afternoon featuring one dollar parking, one dollar admission, one dollar programs, one dollar beers, one dollar hot dogs and one dollar Mimosas for all race fans in attendance. Special holiday racing will grace the Bay Area on Veteran's Day, Monday, Nov. 11, where all active military personnel and veterans will receive free admission.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Golden Gate Fields is set to host “Whiskey, Place, Show,” a whiskey-tasting event to be held in the popular and scenic GGF Turf Club. All patrons who purchase tickets for “Whiskey, Place, Show” will receive a souvenir tasting cup, a betting voucher and a pass to sample and taste 12 different whiskeys and bourbons from around the world. Tickets will be available for purchase at Goldengatefields.com beginning this Thursday.
Fans will also be greeted by a new addition on the West Paddock wall, as a brand new Bay Area-themed mural, depicting Bay Area culture and landmarks will be on display. The mural will depict Golden Gate Fields' iconic role in Bay Area society dating back to 1941.
Fans are encouraged to follow Golden Gate Fields on social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@GGFRacing and @GGPublicity). For additional information on all things Golden Gate, please visit goldengatefields.com, or call (510) 559-7300.
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