• Just The Judge edges Odeliz in the E.P. Taylor! Posted 1 day ago
  • Beholder is out of the Breeders' Cup after spiking a fever. Posted 1 day ago
  • Hillstar rolls to victory in the Canadian International!Posted 1 day ago
  • Taris smokes the Grade 2 Raven Run field! Posted 2 days ago
  • Discreet Marq much the best in the Ticonderoga! Posted 2 days ago
  • Effinex gets up over So Lonesome to win the Empire Classic! Posted 2 days ago
  • Noble Mission wins a thriller over Al Kazeem in the Champion Stakes! Posted 2 days ago
  • Charm Spirit defeats an unlucky Night of Thunder in the QE II! Posted 2 days ago
  • Madame Chiang pulls the upset in the British Champions Fillies and Mares!Posted 2 days ago
  • Gordon Lord Byron dashes away to victory in the Champions Sprint!Posted 2 days ago
HRN Original Blog:
Bay Area Backstretch
Posted Monday, June 30, 2014
Last June, a fresh faced apprentice showed up at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds in search of a place to call home. Almost exactly one year later I think its safe to say that coming to the bay area was the right choice for the youngster from Sinloa, Mexico. You were first introduced to Ricardo Gonzalez last July in my blog of three riders looking to make a name for themselves in the bay area.
Posted Sunday, June 22, 2014
Back in 2012, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had Longview Drive on the Kentucky Derby trail. After a good two-year-old campaign that saw him win two local stakes, he ran third in both the Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes and the Sham Stakes at Santa Anita before the run came to an end in the Santa Anita Derby with a last place finish. Saturday, he became a winner once again.
Posted Tuesday, June 10, 2014
It’s never a good thing when a jockey goes 279 days between wins, but in the case of Golden Gate Fields apprentice jockey Juanito Sanchez, that is a time span that the 24-year-old from southern California now uses to drive him to success. It wasn't that he couldn't win during that time frame, he couldn't even ride in almost 10 months. But when he returned, it led to an emotional win on a horse he knew would be ready for his return.
Posted Monday, May 26, 2014
The long awaited three-year-old debut of Shared Belief was supposed to be a test, but the champion two-year-old turned it into a glorified workout.
Posted Sunday, May 25, 2014
A contentious heat of five go to post in race 4 at Golden Gate Fields and the 4/5 morning line favorite is none other than reigning Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief.
Posted Monday, April 07, 2014
As a blogger and now jockey agent at Golden Gate Fields, I, as well as anybody, have a vested interest in the future of Golden Gate Fields. As many long time racing fans know, GGF is well past its prime. In its glory days, the track was filled every Saturday. As the years have gone on and racing has began to decline, more empty seats are visible than filled ones. To be fair, GGF is not the only track suffering from this problem. Lack of horses, owners and fans have led many to wonder will there be Bay Area racing over the next five years.
Posted Monday, March 31, 2014
Sometimes a great story can have a bittersweet ending. Such is the case with a horse named Hotaling Heart.
Posted Saturday, February 15, 2014
When Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer learned his local star would miss the El Camino Real Derby, he promptly went to his also eligible list and pulled up a worthy substitute.
Posted Saturday, February 08, 2014
Jerry Hollendorfer announced this morning that local star Exit Stage Left will miss next Saturday's $200,000 Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby. The New Jersey-bred colt, who is a perfect 3-for-3 in his career with three stakes wins, including the California Derby, was set to be one of the favorites in next week's race.
Posted Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Just shy of three years after he took the post of racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields, David Jerkins is once again moving on to a new adventure. This November would have marked the three year anniversary for Jenkins, who moved from Stakes Coordinator to Racing Secretary at GGF, but instead he will be spending it in Southern California as the new racing secretary at Del Mar.
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Meet Don August

I have been involved in horse racing, from a fan to sportswriter, for the past 30 years. The first time my dad took me to the track, I picked a horse named "Black Tornado" and when he won, I was hooked.  From then on, I spent weekends and occasional school days at the race track, and my enjoyment of the sport led me to try my hand at being a jockey agent, which i did for 3 years. When that didn't work out as I had hoped, I concentrated on my writing career by covering big races and doing summer fair handicapping, off and on, for the Contra Costa Times.

Today, I stay involved in the sport by being part of a group that currently owns two horses stabled at Golden Gate Fields. As all owners, we have dreams of someday having that special horse.  Besides writing about horse racing I enjoy covering many sports and have had the honor of meeting and writing about some incredible athletes.