Golden Gate Fields will be open for racing on Saturday after its sister track in California, Santa Anita Park, suspended racing on Friday. Racing was set to begin after training was completed Friday morning, but less than an hour to post time, that was called off and the card was called off. It didn’t make any sense to train horses in the morning, and then cancel everything after the fact. In any event, Santa Anita Park won’t be racing until further notice.
It’s likely they won’t be racing again until the coronavirus threat slows down considerably. Just like the professional sports leagues, now that they’ve suspended operations, play won’t resume until things quiet down. There won’t be stop, start, and then stop again. They will likely be cautious before even playing without fans in attendance. There are a lot of racetracks across the globe, though, so there will likely always be some ponies to bet. Saturday is a big race day in Florida at Gulfstream Park with the Florida Derby. If you’re looking for a Florida Derby pick, you can head over to that page for our selection.
Despite Golden Gate Fields racing in the same state as Sanita Anita Park, they’re under separate jurisdictions so the order doesn’t impact them. This isn’t a state order, it came from the Health Department in Santa Anita. Both Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita were already in contact with the state and they were fine with it, back then at least. Will Berkeley follow their lead, though? It might make them think for a second and consider halting racing if Santa Anita is, but we’ll see what happens.
The racetrack obviously does not want to stop racing for more than one reason. Money is part of it, but it’s a logistical nightmare given that horses live in stables. In any event, we’re expected to have a full day of racing on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Profits from Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields are going towards coronavirus relief efforts, but it will just be Golden Gate moving forward. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields picks for March 28, 2020.
Post Time: 1:47 PST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
A small five horse field gets us going in Race 3 on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Horses that haven’t won more than a race since January 1 are allowed to participate. There isn’t a huge underdog in this race, with Foreign Protocol at 6/1 entering as the longest odds in Race 3. Foreign Protocol is coming off an iffy performance on March 5, having finished 6th out of 6 horses from 5 ½ furlongs.
He started 5th and fell back a spot to 6th, so it was an uneventful showing for Foreign Protocol. Although, that’s not to discredit the win on February 9. Foreign Protocol was sharp in that outing, as he was 6th in that race as well for a minute, but exploded to 1st in the final stretch. Finishing 2nd behind Foreign Protocol was one of his opponents today, Smileforme. The burst he needed wasn’t there in his last race, though.
Jive Talkin might be worth a better look than Foreign Protocol on Saturday. He has appeared in four races, showing in three of them, which included a win on February 14. Jive Talkin got the win by 1 ½ lengths over Exclusive Speaker, as he started 1st out of the gate and didn’t give up the lead at any point throughout the 6 furlongs. Having said that, Jive Talkin finished 3rd in his most recent outing, with Smileforme finishing ahead of him for 2nd.
Smileforme has placed in three straight races, along with a win on January 19. Losing against Smileforme in his most recent race wasn’t the greatest look for him, though. It was a race he could have easily won, but allowed Foreign Protocol to win by 1 ¼ lengths. The horse to beat in Race 3 is likely the No. 5 horse. Zimba Warrior appears to be the most dangerous horse in the field in this one.
Zimba may not have had his best effort on February 1, but was racing in a competitive field in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. He just wasn’t going to keep up with Thousand Words, a Bob Baffert horse who could be going to the Kentucky Derby. Despite the loss, Zimba showed in four straight races and in five out of seven races in his career. He’s been the most consistent horse out of the others participating in Race 3. This should be a competitive race, with Zimba Warrior ultimately edging out the competition by a length or so.
Post Time: 2:46 PST
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Race 5 carries a $17,000 purse on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Bullet Drill enters as your biggest underdog in the race, as he will be looking for the win as a 10/1 underdog. He doesn’t have the most impressive winning percentage of all, but has still won 3 races in 16 attempts in his career.
That said, it’s been a minute since Bullet Drill has won a race. His most recent win was seven races ago on August 3. Since then it’s been a struggle, having placed in just one race. Bullet Drill’s most recent race resulted in 4th out of five horses on March 14. There wasn’t much punch from him, as he continually regressed throughout the race.
Bullet Drill will be tested by the rest of the field on Saturday. Quick and Silver, Colormemoney, and Owning all stand better chances of winning in Race 5. With Owning, though, he hasn’t been running good since last year. It’s been multiple disappointments for Owning since a win on January 26, 2019.
Owning has shown in only two races since then, having failed to show in seven straight races. Might be a better option than Bullet Drill, but Owning hasn’t proven to us in ages that he can keep up. Quick and Silver is the elder of the race, with 61 races in his career. Foaled in 2011, Quick and Silver has been around the track more than a few times. Again, though, most of his success is from a while ago.
Quick and Silver has failed to show in 9 out of his previous 12 races. He’s coming off a spirited effort on March 6 in a tight race, but lost by 1 ¼ lengths to finish 3rd. Four horses went to the wire in a close battle. 16 of his 17 wins in his career have been from 6 furlongs to a mile, so he has that going for him at least.
All 5 wins for Colormemoney were from 5 to 6 furlongs, so this is his speciality. He hasn’t been good beyond that, but has made a living out of winning these shorter races. Colormemoney has shown in 7 out of his last 12 races, and has compiled $102,120 in earnings since beginning his racing career in 2017. This isn’t strong competition for him, and he should benefit from that in Race 5. He’s coming off a loss, but should fare better against inferior competition in this contest.