Conditions Force Golden Gate to Abandon Racing

(From track report)
Racing was canceled at Golden Gate Fields Sunday when the jockeys deemed the rain-soaked racetrack to be "uneven and unfair."

The Golden Gate Fields track received more than 12 inches of rain from the two recent storms that hit Northern California.

"It's better not to run (today)," said jockey Ron Warren, Jr., who serves as the Northern California representative for The Jockeys' Guild. "The bottom (of the track) is not even enough for it to be fair. They could only blade the inside, and if you started from the four or five hole (post position), you'd have no chance.

"It's particularly uneven on the backside," Warren continued. "A track has to be fair to the horses, the horsemen and the public."

Jack Liebau, president and general manager of Golden Gate Fields, was disappointed to lose a racing card but respected the views of the jockeys.

"We always respect the opinions of the jockeys as to the condition of the track, and they did not feel it was satisfactory for the purpose of racing," said Liebau, who added that he was undecided about whether he would ask the California Horse Racing Board for a make-up date.

Fans at Golden Gate Fields Sunday were given rain checks and were invited to stay at the track for simulcast wagering.

Golden Gate Fields is dark Monday through Wednesday for the Christmas holiday. Racing will resume Thursday.