Peter Redekop's Alert Bay was sent off at 3-5 to defend his title in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29, and the 6-year-old gelding had no problem doing so, as he held on gamely to win by 1 1/4 lengths.
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Alert Bay, G. G. Ryder, and Stryker Phd—the elder statesmen of Northern California—will face off once again at Golden Gate Fields in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (G3T) April 29.
Fastinating Allie hit the wire first in a six furlong race at Zia Park Oct. 24 to become the first winner for Monterey Jazz.
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Alert Bay shook off pacesetter G. G. Ryder in the stretch and dug in to repel good-closing graded winners Gabriel Charles and Bal a Bali to win the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 30 at Golden Gate Fields.
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I Came to Party stalked from third early, moved to the lead on the second turn, and romped to a convincing victory Dec. 20 at Los Alamitos Race Course to become the first winner for California-based stallion Bold Chieftain.
G. G. Ryder overhauled stablemate pacesetter Summer Hit in the closing strides and won the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Alex Paszkeicz's Pepper Crown and John Carver & Jerry Hollendorfer's Summer Hit will renew their rivalry in another one of Golden Gate Fields' premier stakes April 25, the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT).
Northern California trainer William J. Morey Jr., a member of the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Hall of Fame, died April 10 after a long battle with cancer.
The $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), Northern California's official Kentucky Derby prep, headlines the stakes schedule for the 2014-2015 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields.
Alex Paszkeicz scored a triple when Pepper Crown, the longest shot on the board at 46-1, rallied along the rail to win the $100,315 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) on yielding turf at Golden Gate Fields April 26.
A patient ride by Alonso Quinonez paid off for Tigah when he nabbed pacesetter Summer Hit for a neck victory in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 27 on the turf at Golden Gate Fields.
Versatile Hudson Landing, upset winner of last year's San Francisco Mile (gr. IT), is back to defend his title in the $100,000 event against nine opponents April 27 on the turf at Golden Gate Fields.
Veteran Northern California trainer Dennis Patterson, a well-respected horseman known for his old school approach to conditioning, died at his home in San Mateo on the night of April 4 with his family at his side. He was 77.
Graded stakes winner Bold Chieftain was represented by his first reported foal when a filly was born Feb. 2 at Sue Greene's Woodbridge Farm in Oakdale, Calif.
The 2012-2013 winter/spring meet at Golden Gate Fields, featuring 101 days of Thoroughbred racing in Northern California, opens Dec. 26 with a nine-race program.
Hudson Landing came from off the pace to post an upset in the $150,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 28, winning his third in a row at Golden Gate Fields since being claimed for $50,000 in February.
Multiple grade II winner Jeranimo stands out in a field of 11 drawn for the $150,000 San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) April 28 at Golden Gate Fields.
Two time Eclipse Award winning jockey Garrett Gomez, in his second comeback attempt since fracturing his left heel in a paddock mishap Jan. 8, piloted Kelly Leak to a second-place finish in Santa Anita's fifth race.
Dual grade I winner Thorn Song was represented by his first foal at John Harris' farm near Coalinga, Calif., on March 5.
Mr. Commons took a big step on what his connections hope will be a special campaign when he rallied from off the pace to win the $150,000 Arcadia Stakes (gr. II) on turf Feb. 4, his second graded win of the Santa Anita meet.
Golden Gate Fields will salute fan favorite Bold Chieftain Jan. 22. He was retired after his final race Jan. 16 to begin his new career as a stallion.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Bold Chieftain||William J. Morey, Jr.||
|Golden Balls (IRE)||UNKNOWN||
|Kelly Leak||Michael Machowsky||
|Monterey Jazz||Bart G. Hone||
|Red Sun||Carla Gaines||
|Run It||Tim Yakteen||
|Sir Al (IRE)||William E. Morey||
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|Clasico Constitucion S. (G1)||CMR|
|Prince of Wales S.||FE|
|Cougar II H. (G3)||DMR|
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|Honorable Miss H. (G2)||SAR|