In addition to an eight-race program that includes two turf events, fans and horsemen will also be treated to a brand new Winner's Circle at Golden Gate Fields when the East Bay oval opens its 23-day Summer Meet today.
Traditionally, win pictures have simply been taken on the main track just outside the saddling paddock. The all-new Golden Gate Fields Winner's Circle, which includes decorative landscaping and an elevated platform, provides a first class addition that will help Golden Gate to “shine brightly” to both on-track patrons as well as fans wagering in-state and nationwide.
“First class, it really is,” said veteran conditioner, Steve Specht. “It's great to be back racing here at Golden Gate and to be honest, this is a welcome addition. Those win pictures that are sent out to the owners are seen by people all over the country, as is our simulcast product. Congrats to the management here, they've done a great job with it. Now, if I can just get in there every now and again!”
Golden Gate, which is offering horsemen a $2,000 purse increase on every claiming race for horses running for a $16,000 tag or less throughout the meet, will also welcome back its 2018 Winter/Spring Meet leading jockey, Abel Cedillo, who figures to be visiting the new Winner's Circle on a regular basis.
“I'm happy to be back at Golden Gate and the new Winner's Circle looks fantastic,” said Cedillo. “Golden Gate is home. It's a really nice track and it's fun to ride here. I've been working a lot of horses in the mornings and hopefully, I can get on a lot of live horses in the afternoons.
“It's not easy to be the top jockey here because there are a lot of talented riders who work hard and ride hard to win all the time. But I think I've got a strong chance to win a lot of races this meet and I'm looking forward to getting those pictures in the new Winner's Circle.”
Jonathon Wong, Golden Gate's leading trainer at the 2018 Winter/Spring Meet, is another horseman who's glad to be back home.
“I'm really happy to be back at Golden Gate,” said Wong. “It's our home track. Horses get to run out of their stalls, the weather is great and we've been lucky to have done well here. It's not easy to win it twice in a row, but maybe we can get lucky again.”
With the exception of Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, Golden Gate will conduct live racing on a Thursday through Sunday basis with first post time each day at 1:45 p.m. PT.
The track will once again offer popular 50 cent Pick 5 wagering, with the Early Pick 5 comprising a 14 percent takeout, as well as the $50,000 Late Pick 5 each Sunday, which features a guaranteed pool of $50,000.
Golden Gate has also announced that its popular Dollar Day Sundays promotion will return beginning Aug. 26. Dollar Sundays offer fans one dollar General Admission, parking, hot dogs, beers and mimosas (must be 21 years of age).
For more information and to purchase tickets for the races and for Golden Gate promotions and events, please visit www.goldengatefields.com or call (510) 559-7300.
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