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.
Minutes after 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome makes his 5-year-old debut in Santa Anita's San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II), his full sister Hope's Love will return from a seven-month layoff in a maiden special weight.
Golden Gate Fields experienced a 3.08% year-over-year increase in total all-sources handle in 2015 despite racing three fewer days.
Licenses for meets that begin Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and Golden Gate were approved Dec. 17 by the CHRB, but not before lengthy discussions of stabling and vanning issues.
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.
Champion Shared Belief died Dec. 3 after a colic episode. He was rushed to UC-Davis but surgery could not fix a rupture.
Silver Ranch Stable and Wachtel Stable's Poshsky rallied in the stretch and just got up to defeat longshot Pepper Crown in the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 29.
Big Cazanova is 3-for-3 on the old synthetic surface at Del Mar, and now trainer Peter Miller will see if he can carry his affinity for an artificial track to the Nov. 29 Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won the 7,000th race of his career when Kiss N Scat, who he co-owns with Steve Taub and George Todaro, won the first race at Golden Gate Fields Nov. 26.
Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez had X-rays come in negative Nov. 20 following a fall well beyond the wire after Friday's fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
Stabling issues in California, which have been at or near the center of several disputes involving the state's tracks this year, finally came to a head at a California Horse Racing Board meeting Nov. 19.
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Peter Redekop's Alert Bay got all he could ask for in his Nov. 6 allowance prep for the Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. IIT), edging rival G. G. Ryder by a nose in a 1 1/16-mile turf event at Golden Gate Fields.
Alert Bay, recent winner of the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park, will prep for the $250,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 27 at Del Mar with a loaded no-conditions allowance race Nov. 6 at Golden Gate.
Champion Shared Belief returned to the track at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 5, jogging leisurely as he prepares to come back from an injury he suffered in April.
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Apprentice jockey David Lopez, out since June 6 with a back injury, will return to competition Oct. 22, opening day for Golden Gate Fields' 32-day fall meet.
Shared Belief, who has not raced since suffering a non-displaced hip fracture in the Charles Town Classic April 18, is in training with expectations that he could return to the races at Santa Anita Park's winter meet.
Nearly a month after the California Horse Racing Board hit the brakes on third-party administration of furosemide in the state, the governing body spent just more than a minute to move the process along at a meeting Sept. 16.
Joe Morris, who was general manager at Golden Gate Fields for The Stronach Group from 2011-13, is returning to the company as senior vice president of West Coast operations.
Code Warrior turned in an impressive debut score in the sixth race Aug. 28 at Golden Gate Fields to give trainer Manny Badilla an emotional and notable victory.
After multiple months of delays for negotiations, the 2016 racing calendar for the Northern and Southern California circuits was approved by the California Horse Racing Board Aug. 20 at Del Mar.
Negotiations over Northern and Southern California racing dates were again in the spotlight during the monthly California Horse Racing Board meeting June 25 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Hope's Love, a full sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, made a strong debut June 13 at Golden Gate Fields when running second in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies.
Apprentice jockey David Lopez won the "Lopez Family Riding Battle" at Golden Gate Fields May 29, when he finished a clear second in the sixth race aboard The Alameda Kid.
Three members of the Lopez family of jockeys will participate in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields May 29, as father C. C. Lopez will ride against sons David and Erick in the mile claiming contest.
G. G. Ryder stormed to the lead in the final sixteenth and won the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) from stablemate Outside Nashville May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Summer Hit will try to win the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) for the third consecutive year May 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
Hope's Love, a full-sister to 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, was scheduled to make her career debut May 15 at Golden Gate Fields, but will be scratched, trainer Steve Sherman said May 13.
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.
Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a head injury in a starting gate incident April 19 at Golden Gate Fields, was released from Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. April 25.
The 4-year-old Candy Ride gelding is back at his home base of Golden Gate Fields and is expected to be sidelined 60 to 90 days according to Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
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).
Jockey Dennis Carr, who suffered a blunt blow to the back of his head in a starting gate incident April 19 at Golden Gate Fields, was "sitting up and recovering very well" Monday morning after undergoing surgery.
Jockey Dennis Carr was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. April 19 after sustaining an injury prior to the fifth race at Golden Gate Fields.
One day after Golden Gate Fields threatened closure during a California Horse Racing Board session to modify California racing dates, the Bay Area track's future was again the top subject April 16.
An April 15 California Horse Racing Board discussion regarding the reallocation of 2015 racing dates for the California Fair circuit often shifted to the possibility of Golden Gate Fields closing in the future.
Following a successful launch last month, an additional five tracks have joined the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association Owners Concierge, boosting the initiative's participating tracks to 20.
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While Shared Belief was still in the paddock before the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 7, about 350 miles north, another Jerry Hollendorfer protege was emerging.
Shared Belief, impressive winner of the San Antonio Invitational Stakes (gr. II), worked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 2/5 Feb. 24 at Golden Gate Fields.
The California Horse Racing Board has suspended trainer Genaro Vallejo for 180 days and fined him $5,000 after a horse under his care tested positive for the Class 3 medication Promazine, a metabolite of Acepromazine.
The first race at Golden Gate Fields Feb. 15 was declared a no-contest when, because of a malfunction, the starting gate couldn't be moved off the track in time for the one-mile event to be completed.
Metaboss, coming from well off the pace with a powerful wide move, overtook favored Conquest Typhoon in deep stretch for a 6-1 surprise in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) under Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis.
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The El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), one of only three North American stakes on this year's "Road to the Kentucky Derby" contested on a synthetic track, drew a good field of 10 led by Conquest Typhoon.
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Shared Belief wrapped up serious preparations for his 2015 debut in the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) with a four-furlong move Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Golden Gate Fields.
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.
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