The 32-day Golden Gate Fields Fall Meet will begin Thursday, with racing conducted four days a week through Dec. 11.
Regular post time will be 12:45 p.m. every race day with three exceptions: 12:05 p.m. on Nov. 4 (Breeders’ Cup Day 1), 11:40 a.m. on Nov. 5 (Breeders’ Cup Day 2), and 11:15 a.m. on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving).
Golden Gate will conduct eight stakes races during the Fall Meet, topped by the Grade 3, $ 100,000 Berkeley Handicap on Nov. 26. The race will be contested at a 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds and up.
The road to the El Camino Real Derby, Golden Gate’s primary Triple Crown prep race, will begin on Nov. 12 with the $ 50,000 Golden Nugget, a six-furlong event for 2-year-olds. The juveniles will then have the chance to stretch out Dec. 3 when Golden Gate presents the $ 75,000 Gold Rush at one mile.
There are two stakes for 2-year-old fillies: the $ 75,000 Pike Place Dancer at one mile on the turf Oct. 29 and the $ 50,000 Golden Gate Debutante at six furlongs Nov. 25.
General and Clubhouse admission are $ 6 and $ 10, respectively. Turf Club admission is $ 12 on Thursdays and Fridays and $ 15 on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Frequent admission discounts and lower pre-paid rates are available to THOROUGHBREDS club members. Every Friday is Senior Friday, with free clubhouse admission offered to THOROUGHBREDS club members 62 years and older. The popular Dollar Day is held every Sunday, with Golden Gate offering $ 1 general admission, $ 1 general parking, $ 1 programs, $ 1 beers, $ 1 sodas, and $ 1 hot dogs.
The races will be called by veteran announcer, Frank Mirahmadi, when fall racing begins. The affable announcer, known for his superb race calling and witty impersonations, brings over 20 years of professional experience to the bayside oval.
On Nov. 6, Golden Gate Fields will conduct a toy drive in conjunction with Toys for Tots. Patrons who bring a new, unwrapped toy will receive a coupon for free Clubhouse admission. Coupons also will be given to those who make a cash donation equal to or greater than the cost of Clubhouse admission ($ 10).
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