Northern California racing

Golden Gate Fields Meet ‘Fully Approved’, To Begin Oct. 17

The California Horse Racing Board released the following statement Wednesday afternoon: All of the conditions placed upon the Pacific Racing Association’s (PRA) license application for the fall meet at Golden Gate Fields have been met, so that meet is fully approved to begin Oct. 17 and run through Dec. 18. When the Board approved the license application in […]

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Golden Gate Pushes For Bigger Field Sizes As Meet Opens

Golden Gate Fields will open its 24-day Summer Meet this Thursday and in an effort to offer fans increased field sizes, purses have been increased $2,000 for all claiming races run for a tag of $16,000 or less. Both Golden Gate’s main track and turf course have undergone routine renovations and are in pristine condition heading into […]

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Report: Northern Cal Race Dates Still Unresolved After Latest CHRB Meeting

The California Horse Racing Board failed to finalize 2017 racing dates for Northern California tracks, even after meeting for close to 2 1/2 hours Oct. 20. The Blood-Horse reports that just four of the seven CHRB commissioners were in attendance at the meeting. As a result, even though a proposed calendar for the area was approved by a 3-1 vote it […]

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Former Jockey-Trainer A.L. ‘Tony’ Diaz Dies

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 23, for Antonio L. ‘Tony’ Diaz, a longtime jockey and trainer who died of cancer Monday at the age of 67. According to the Daily Racing Form, the service will be held at 2 p.m. (Pacific time) in the turf club at Golden Gate Fields. During the 1970’s, Diaz […]

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Golden Gate: Jockey Shawn Spikes Earns First Career Victory

Jockey Shawn Spikes won his first race Sunday when he guided Game Seeker to a victory in race 1 at Golden Gate Fields. Spikes and Game Seeker raced in second well behind the long shot pacesetter Dreamsrmadeof in the first half of the one-mile $12,500 maiden claiming event for fillies and mares. They steadily gained […]

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Jockey Pedro Flores Injured In Golden Gate Spill

Jockey Pedro Flores suffered a crack in his thoracic vertebrae #1 when he was thrown from his mount in the third race at Golden Gate Fields Dec. 27. Flores’ mount, On Time Cat, broke down on the far turn in the one-mile claiming race. Representatives from Golden Gate reported that a CT scan on Flores’ […]

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Bernick: California Racing ‘A Mess’ As North And South Compete For Horses

Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick noted that Californian horse racing has experienced a banner year in 2015, with American Pharoah taking down the Triple Crown, Beholder winning the Pacific Classic, and California Chrome second in the Dubai World Cup, among others. However, in the Thoroughbred Daily News, Bernick reports that the state’s numbers have actually […]

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El Camino Real Derby Tops Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule At Golden Gate

The 35th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby heads a list of 12 stakes worth $1.025 million that will be conducted during Golden Gate Fields’ 2015-16 Winter/Spring Meet. The 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s premier prep race for the Triple Crown series, is scheduled for February 13. Its […]

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Apprentice Lopez Ready For Post-Injury Comeback At Golden Gate

Apprentice jockey David Lopez, out since June 6 with a back injury, will return to competition Thursday, opening day for Golden Gate Fields’ 32-day Fall Meet. Lopez, who will turn 26 on Saturday, finished fourth in the 2014-15 Golden Gate Winter/Spring Meet jockey standings with 70 wins, despite arriving in the Bay Area more than […]

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Longtime Trainer William J. Morey Jr. Dies

Northern California trainer William J. Morey, Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Hall of Fame (class of 2014), died Friday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Los Altos after a long battle with cancer.  He was 74. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Morey grew up in San Carlos and attended the […]

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