Horses and their jockeys at Golden Gate Fields. Photo by: Jami430. Used under CC BY-SA 4.0 license.



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Golden Gate Fields is a track is located on 154 acres in Albany, just outside of Berkeley, California. As the only remaining Northern California racetrack since the closing of Bay Meadows, Golden Gate Fields seats as many as 15,000 horse racing fans.

Golden Gate Fields features both a 1-mile dirt track, and the standard 7 furlong turf course. Santa Anita park and Golden Gate Fields are both owned by the same corporation, Magna Entertainment.


Spanning 140 acres, the Golden Gate Fields track is located in Albany, just outside of Berkeley, California. The track opened in 1941. It is host to several popular horse races: All-American Stakes, Berkeley Handicap, California Derby, the El Camino Real Derby and the San Francisco Mile Stakes, many of which are Grade 3 races. The turf track runs for 7 furlongs and there is also a mile-long synthetic track, known as Tapeta. The track is the final resting place of several horses, including Silky Sullivan and Lost in the Fog. There is also a plaque honoring the legendary Bill Shoemaker.


History has been made at the Golden Gate Fields track. Although the Golden Gate Derby is no longer run (and hasn't been since 2005) the Grade III San Francisco Mile Stakes is still very much a part of the track. This race saw its speed record of 1:33.40 set in 1980 by Don Alberto. Most recently, Tyler Blaze and Juan Hernandez have enjoyed success at the Golden Gate Fields track in the San Francisco Mile Stakes, both riding Alert Bay, who was on the last two events. Don Alberto's time of 1 minute and 33 seconds is currently the Golden Gate Fields record, with the closest challenger being Unfinished Symph's 1:34.14 in 1995.


Over 1,400 horses can be stabled at Golden Gate Fields, and up to 8,000 spectators can fill its stands on race day, making it a considerably sizeable venue for any horse racing enthusiast. Any horse racing fan wishing to visit the track can get there via the Eastshore Freeway (Albany and Gilman Street exits), and a bus route (East Shore Charter Lines) started up in 2009 to take people to the track on race days.


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