Why I’m Betting River Boyne in the San Francisco Mile

River Boyne - © Benoit Photo He might not be an obvious standout at first glance, but I believe #10 River Boyne will be tough to beat in Saturday’s $250,000 San Francisco Mile Stakes (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. The Irish-bred 4-year-old has been flat-out classy since arriving in North America a year and a half ago, going 7-for-13 while cracking the superfecta in all but one of his races. With five stakes wins (three of them graded) [...]

BARN Podcast 4/26/19

It's Friday and we're looking ahead to the weekend that includes Opening night at Churchill Downs, a big card at Golden Gate Fields, Belmont starting up, and more! Plus the BARN Jury joins us to talk about what things to avoid during Derby week.

Famous Sports Venues Near Thoroughbred Racetracks

Santa Anita Park - © Breeders' Cup/Todd Buchanan 2014 Planning to visit a Thoroughbred racetrack or a major sports venue in the near future? Why not check two goals off your bucket list at the same time? Major racetracks and sports stadiums are frequently located in close proximity to each other, so sports fans can potentially visit both during a single trip to a big city. Need some ideas? Here are some prominent sports venues located within 30 [...]

Why I’m Betting Eagle Song in the El Camino Real Derby

King of Speed winning the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes - © Benoit Photo The last few years have certainly been tough sledding for local runners in the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Not even their proven experience over a synthetic Tapeta track unique to California has been enough to give the Northern California locals an edge over their Southern California counterparts. Seemingly every year, an experienced turf horse from Santa Anita and/or Del [...]

Mad Luther Ships In for Golden Nugget Stakes

Although five local runners are set to defend their home track in Saturday’s $50,000 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, the one shipper from the East Coast appears to stand a solid chance at coming away with the winner’s share of the purse. The cross-country traveler in question is Mad Luther, and while the son of Mad Flatter has been racing over a mile as of late—significantly farther than the six-furlong distance of the Golden Nugget—he’s already accomplished a [...]

Keying Grecian Fire in the All American Stakes

Could handicapping Monday’s $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) on the Tapeta track at Golden Gate Fields be as simple as backing the horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer? The Hall of Fame trainer has long dominated racing at Golden Gate Fields, and he’s been particularly successful in the one-mile All American Stakes, winning a record-setting eight editions of the race, including five of the last seven renewals. Hollendorfer will be represented this year by #8 Grecian Fire, a stakes winner [...]