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- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
Each week BloodHorse.com looks forward to the weekend's biggest races. This week, we have the return of Eclipse Award finalist Finest City, Sunshine Millions races at Gulfstream Park, the first Fair Grounds Triple Crown prep, and more.
This week is a recap of the 1972 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields won by Quack. Written by Giles E. Wright with the headline, "The California Derby Cancelled Some Trips to the Kentucky Derby," the story appeared in the May 1, 1972 issue.
Reddam Racing's Frank Conversation made his Northern California debut a winning one with a victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at Golden Gate Fields.
David Taylor Jr.'s Mana Strike will seek his second consecutive Golden Gate Fields stakes in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at the Bay Area racetrack.
The 35th running of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) heads a list of 12 stakes worth a combined $1.025 million at Golden Gate Fields' 2015-16 winter-spring meet.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was triple-handed entering the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields and emerged with an eighth win in the race after Cross the Line surged clear in early stretch.
The first four finishers from the Dec. 6 Gold Rush Stakes return to Golden Gate Fields Jan. 17 and stretch out a half-furlong longer in the $100,000 California Derby at 1 1/16 miles on the Tapeta all-weather surface.
Fury Kapcori, on a three-race win streak for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, looks for his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Precisionist (gr. III), the featured event at Santa Anita Park on Derby day May 3.
Top sprinter Wild Dude heads a competitive field of eight older horses as he seeks to rebound in the $200,000 Potrero Grande Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park April 12.
Last year's Met Mile winner will take on Shakin It Up and Wild Dude in 7-panel sprint
Princess of Sylmar, a four-time grade I winner in 2013, has been named Pennsylvania Horse of the Year by the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association.
Exit Stage Left kept his record unblemished with his third consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields, denying favored Enterprising by half a length.
Enterprising, sharp winner of the Eddie Logan Stakes over the Santa Anita Park turf last time out, takes on undefeated local favorite Exit Stage Left in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields.
A revamped Strub Stakes (gr. II), moved forward on the Santa Anita Park schedule and shortened in distance to 1 1/16 miles, features two strong entrants apiece from Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer.
Shakin It Up, making his first start in nine months, mowed down the field for trainer Bob Baffert to earn his first grade I victory in the $300,000 Malibu Stakes at odds of 17-1 on opening day at Santa Anita Park Dec. 26.
Hollywood Park has sadly faded into the Southern California sunset, but Santa Anita Park opens for a new season Dec. 26 with a couple of extra months tagged on at the end of the meet.
Flashback, favored in each of his five career starts, figures to be the choice again when he runs in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Park on opening day of the winter meet Dec. 26.
Exit Stage Left earned his second stakes victory in as many starts when he came from just off the pace to capture the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes as the 3-5 pick Dec. 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
Purple Egg will come off a five-month layoff to start in the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes (gr. III) at Parx Racing Sept. 21.
Pete Denk and Frank Angst handicap the El Camino Real Derby and Mac Diarmida Stakes. watch video
California Derby champion Zeewat will face eight rivals, including a pair of colts trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 16.
Odds-on Zeewat overcame a less than ideal trip to claim the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 12 at Golden Gate Fields for his second straight stakes score around two turns.
Zeewat, a front-running 3 1/4-length victor in the Gold Rush Stakes for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer one month ago, is the one to beat in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 12 Golden Gate Fields.
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.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Butterfly Soul||Jeffrey Metz||
|My Best Bet||William E. Morey||
|Tree of Life||Craig Dollase||
|Wildcat Moon||Patrick Fields||
|Will True Up||Peter Miller||
Upcoming Stakes Entries
|Prairie Gold Lassie S.||PRM|
|A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase H. (G1)||SAR|
|John Morrissey S.||SAR|
|Real Good Deal S.||DMR|
|Prairie Gold Juvenile S.||PRM|