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  • There's no catching Black Hornet in the Vigil Stakes at Woodbine.Posted 5 days ago
  • American Pharoah romps home in the Preakness!Posted 5 days ago
  • Ironicus explodes to win the Dixie going away.Posted 6 days ago
  • Ageless best in The Very One again, this time with a course record.Posted 6 days ago
  • Holy Boss much the best in the six furlong Chick Lang.Posted 6 days ago
  • La Verdad earns another stakes win in the Vagrancy.Posted 6 days ago
  • Watsdachances poweres to victory in the Gallorette.Posted 6 days ago
  • Fame and Power wins the Sir Barton in impressive front running fashion.Posted 6 days ago
  • Sandbar edges clear to win the Maryland Sprint Handicap.Posted 6 days ago
  • Woodwin W remains unbeaten with James Murphy win.Posted 6 days ago
HRN Original Blog:
Bay Area Backstretch
Posted Monday, May 11, 2015
Every race, jockeys risk careers and even their lives for the sport they love. They all know the risks, but their professionalism allows them to put that all aside to compete at the highest level.
Posted Monday, May 11, 2015
A recent trend of low level claimers, winning up the ladder, struck again last weekend as Central Heat won the $50,000 Golden Poppy Stakes.
Posted Sunday, February 15, 2015
With all the pre-race talk going to Conquest Typhoon, local trainer Jeff Bonde didn’t mind at all that his El Camino Real Derby horse, Metaboss, was flying under the radar.
Posted Friday, February 13, 2015
A solid field of ten has assembled in Northern California for the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, a Kentucky Derby points race.
Posted Monday, January 12, 2015
Golden Gate Fields trainer Blaine Wright knows how to strike while the iron is hot.
Posted Monday, November 24, 2014
From an early age, Carson Sullivan, knew he wanted to be a jockey. He was born into the sport of racing and hung around some of the best riders in the country when he was a kid. But little did he know then, that the road to getting on his first horse, would be so far away. Sullivan, now an apprentice at Golden Gate Fields, is not the wide eyed teenager you typically see show up at a new track. Actually he is just the opposite. Having just celebrated his 30th birthday, Sullivan brings the maturity of a veteran and it’s paying off.
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.
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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.

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