Golden Gate Races

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some of the most instantly recognisable cities and structures in the world and has a great wealth of natural and cultural attractions besides. Situated along the shoreline of the bay, by the East Shore Freeway is the only major racetrack in Northern California and it is where the people of the bay come to play.

Golden Gate Races, inside rail Named after that most famous of San Francisco landmarks, Golden Gate Fields is a well loved and hugely popular horseracing venue which opened in 1941 and continues to delight race fans today with fun times, superb hospitality and above all some thrilling Golden Gate races.

Occupying over 150 acres of land, the course straddles both cities of Albany and Berkeley and provides a leisure and sporting attraction for residents in these cities and beyond. The course’s place in history and in the hearts of race fans was cemented in the 1950s with the arrival of Silky Sullivan, famed for winning races from positions which seemed impossible. The racing legend is buried in the centre of the course and has a race each year named in his honour; the Silky Sullivan Handicap. The last owner of the horse is the current owner and manager of the course.

The one mile dirt track held all the main Golden Gate races until the addition of a further infield turf track in 1972. As a result there are many fixtures to attend throughout the season offering race fans in Northern California every opportunity to enjoy a day or evening at Golden Gate races. The main Grandstand has a capacity for 9000 people and a further 4500 can be accommodated within the Club House.

There is also the exclusive and stylish environment of the Turf Club, which can hold another 1200 on race days. On site parking is available for more than 8,500 cars.

The highlight of the racing season at Golden Gate Fields is the San Francisco Breeder's Cup Mile, which is a Grade II race on turf with a purse of $300,000. The highest prize event on the dirt track is the El Camino Real Derby, with a purse of $200,000.

This race is a Grade III event run over a mile. Other graded races include the Berkeley Handicap, the California Derby, and the All American Stakes. There are many other handicap and ungraded events which show Golden Gate races at their very best.
Golden Gate Races, winner

Golden Gate Races, photo finish A big part of the racing experience at Golden Gate Fields is the hospitality on offer in the many bars, suites and dining facilities. A full range of hot stadium food, from hot dogs to baked potatoes is available within Horseman's Circle, a dining outlet situated in the Club House. Soft drinks, cold beer, ice creams and coffees are also served.

For more stylish dining in the finest race day traditions there is the Turf Club Restaurant in which superb food is complemented by the terrific views over the course and beyond to Alcatraz, San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Down at track level, Tastes of Italy offers pizza, pasta and much more while the Paddock Pub is the place for cheese steak sandwiches and southern fried chicken, washed down with a good selection of micro brews.

Further dining opportunities include Apron Barbecue, on the mezzanine level, and the Carvery, situated on the Club House level. Special promotions and deals are always available for Golden Gate races, such as Dollar Day, where every Sunday racegoers can get entry to the course, park, buy a program, and have a beer, hot dog or soda all for just $1 each.

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