Golden Gate Fields has already treated me well, so let’s see what the Berkeley based racecourse has in store for us on Saturday. There is racing from the west to the east coast today, with more than enough options available across North America. We’ve already taken a look at the Belmont Park card, including the Belmont Oaks, the feature race of the day in the US. That’s out in New York for the east coast horse players, while Golden Gate Fields should satisfy if Belmont gets started a little too early for bettors on the west coast.
Santa Anita Park intended on opening their fall meet yesterday, but that’s being pushed back a week to next Friday. With Del Mar’s summer meet wrapped up, Santa Anita Park will once again take the spotlight in California soon. I’ve had some good fortunes at Santa Anita Park this year, so will continue to plug away once their meet gets underway next weekend. That could all change based on the quality of the air then, though. Over in Berkeley, Golden Gate Fields has the greenlight to race on Saturday. Head below for our free Golden Gate Fields picks for September 19, 2020.
Post Time: 1:15 p.m. PST
The first race at Golden Gate Fields will be our first selection in Berkeley on Saturday afternoon. This is for a $14,000 purse covering a mile on the synthetic track. We could have a duel in the stretch to open racing at Golden Gate. Mr. Magico and Maxinamillion should be involved in the stretch with bold bids expected.
Mr. Magico is 2 for 24 in his career, which isn’t that impressive, but is coming off a nice performance on August 22. He had enough in him to show 3rd to get a piece of the purse. That was a $14,000 event, with Lucky General and Mad At Money just a bit too quick.
Mr. Magico lost that race by just under a half length. It was a duel between three horses, with Mad At Money edging out the competition. Since that outing, Mr. Magico completed a 4-furlong workout with a time of 4 furlongs handily.
Maxinamillion is 6 for 21 in his career and is in the form of his career at the moment. The gelding has been in the top-2 in four straight events. He’s also finished in the top-3 in 7 of his previous 8 entries.
He’s a winner in 2 of his previous 3 races, with a win on July 10, and most recently 3 lengths in a $13,000 event on August 13. He had a 1 ½ length lead at the top of the stretch and then drove hard to build on the lead. Maxinamillion will be tough to beat if he brings his A game to the party on Saturday.
Post Time: 2:21 p.m. PST
We stay on the all weather track for Race 3 at Golden Gate Fields. This will go for a $19,000 purse over 6 furlongs on the synthetic course. Warriors Hero and Rantanen are expected to be the best runners in Race 3. Warriors Hero catches the inside rail out of the gate and should benefit from the generous post position.
He split the first two races of his career on July 25 and August 28. Warriors Hero won at Pleasanton by a half length in a $13,000 contest, and then followed up to show 3rd in a $19,000 event a few weeks ago. Garden in the Sky won with a late surge to upset the field.
Warriors Hero completed a 5-furlong workout with a time of 1:02.00 on September 13. He has yet to prove that he can win in this class, but based on his most recent effort, should at least be able to keep things within reach.
Rantanen is 1 for 5 in his career, with 3 out of 5 finishes in the top-3. He’s coming off a strong performance at Del Mar on August 30. Rantanen was a 3 ½ length winner in the $21,000 maiden event.
The $100,000 Graduation Stakes (Black Type) was too tough for him and he finished 5th on August 2. An easier contest, and Rantanen would have been in the top-3 in four straight performances. This is a beatable field for Rantanen. Expect him to perform in Race 3.
Post Time: 5:25 p.m. PST
Race 9 is a 6-furlong $20,000 event on the all weather track on early Saturday evening at Golden Gate Fields. Admirably from the No. 1 post position should create some noise. With only 6 furlongs to run, Admirably catches a break with the No. 1 spot in the gate.
Admirably is 1 for 9 in his career and looking to catch a break after struggling recently. He has finished 3rd, 5th, 7th in his previous three outings, so trending in the wrong direction.
His win was on November 24, 2019 in a 1 length win at the $30,000 level. In his most recent outing, Admirably finished 7th, dead last, on March 28 in a $31,000 event. After a lengthy layoff, he’s back out on the track down in class for a $20,000 race.
I’m not overly encouraged by his work in the morning, with times of 1:02.20 twice, 1:02.40 at 5 furlongs, and 1:13.60 at 6 furlongs. In any case, expect Admirably to be a competitive runner down in class on Saturday.
Trump Um has been running recently and running nicely I must add. He placed 2nd behind Desert Dude by a head on July 18, and then followed up for a win on August 21 in an easy 3 ½ length victory.
Trump Um appears to be in good form right now, with quality workouts on his resume in August and September. He completed a 5-furlong workout in 1:00.40, along with 4 furlongs in 49.80 and 49.80 seconds. Trump Um looks like the top horse in Race 9.