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GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

Golden Gate FieldsGolden Gate Fields is a 225-acre, two track, thoroughbred horse racing facility in Albany, California. Its racing seasons typically run from January to April and from November to December.

Golden Gate Fields is one of California’s top race tracks and it regularly hosts many of the state’s big stakes events. Among these are the Work the Crowd Handicap, Golden Gate Derby, Brown Bess Handicap, Ken Maddy Sprint, El Camino Real Derby and Berkeley Handicap.


Golden Gate Fields Track Facts

 

Main Track

  • Dirt course
  • One-mile oval (sandy loam)
  • Width in stretch, 78 feet
  • Backstretch, 75 feet
  • Distance from last turn to finish, 1,000 feet
  • Distance from finish line to first turn, 383 feet

Lakeside Turf Course

  • Nine-tenths mile oval
  • 65 feet wide throughout
  • Three-sixteenths mile chute
  • Maximum width, 75 feet
  • Minimum width, 50 feet with movable rail

Paddock

  • 225 acres

Seating Capacity

  • 14,750 people (Grandstand 7,960; Club House 5,230; Turf Club 1,560)

Stable Area Capacity

  • Stalls for 1,420 thoroughbreds

Track Records

DIST

RECORD

HORSE

AGE

WGT

DATE

2F

:21 4/5 gd

The Money Doctor

2

118

Feb 21, 1975

4F

:47 sy

Glenbar

2

118

Mar 12, 1952

 

:47

Giddy Up

2

115

Mar 25, 1952

4 1/2F

:50 1/5

Victory Found

2

117

Apr 8, 1990

5F

0:56 2/5

Valley Land

5

119

Apr 8, 1990

5 1/2F

1:02

Proudest Hour

4

114

May 30, 1986

6F

1:07:55

El Dorado Shooter

4

114

Jan 20, 2001

1M

1:33

Caros Love

4

117

Feb 13, 1988

1 1/16M

1:39 2/5

Restless Con

4

118

Jun 24, 1991

1 1/8M*

1:45

Simply Majestic

4

114

Apr 2, 1988

1 3/16M†

1:52 3/5

Fleet Bird

4

123

Oct 24, 1953

1 1/4M†

1:58 1/5

Noor

4

127

Jun 24, 1950

1 3/8

2:18 3/5

Forin Sea

5

114

Dec 15, 1990

1 1/2M

2:29 2/5

Bo Donna

4

120

Jun 8, 1979

1 3/4

2:57 1/5

Sirmark

5

103

Oct 16, 1948

2 M

3:25 4/5

Mantourist

5

117

Oct 23, 1948

Lakeside Turf Course Records

DIST

RECORD

HORSE

AGE

WGT

DATE

4 1/2F

0:50 2/5

Bonnie Nuite

5

121

May 22, 1994

5F

0:56

Black Tornado
L'Natural
Goldie's Goldian

5
4
4

119
114
115

May 10, 1975
May 28, 1977
May 27, 1978

7 1/2F

1:28

Struttin' George
His Honor
Clever Song

5
6
4

122
118
122

May 5, 1979
Apr, 25 1981
May 25, 1986

1M

1:33 2/5

Don Alberto

5

114

Mar 22, 1980

1 1/16M

1:40 2/5

Announcer

5

115

Apr 16, 1977

1 1/16M
(chute start)

1:41 1/5

Gum

6

118

Apr 11, 1992

1 1/8M (chute start)

1:47.71

Blues Traveller

4

112

May 14, 1994

1 3/8M

2:13

John Henery

9

125

May 6, 1984

1 1/2M

2:27 2/5

Silveyville
Kings Island
Val Danseur

6
4
6

121
116
119

Jun 10, 1984
Jun 9, 1985
Jun 8, 1986

1 7/8

3:12 1/5

Paired And Painted

4

114

Jun 28, 1987

2 miles (Chute Start)

3:25 3/5

Never-Rust

8

114

Jun 26, 1988

2 3/8 miles

4:10 4/5

Situada

7

115

Jun 25, 1990


Golden Gate Fields History

1941

 

The gates opened for the first time on February 1.

 

 

 

1977

 

On arch 5, a modern day on-track attendance record for the Bay Area was set as 26,108 fans turned out to see riding sensation, Steve Cauthen, make his local debut aboard Make Amends.

 

 

 

1980

 

On February 7, the track introduced one-window wagering through the American Tote 300.

Golden Gate Fields
Albany, California

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1981

 

On May 10, after an eight-year absence, Sunday racing returned to Northern California.

 

 

 

1988

 

On May 7, Northern California attendance and handle records fell as on-track and satellite crowds totaled 34,408 and wagering $5,715,683.

 

 

 

1992

 

On April 16, Russell Baze established a Northern California record for most victories on a single card.

On June 10, Russell Baze set a Golden Gate Fields record for most wins in a meet with his 165th victory.

 

 

 

1995

 

On May 6, the track eclipsed the $7 million mark in handle for the first time in Northern California history. A total of $7,093,420 was wagered at Golden Gate and its satellite facilities.



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