• Hoppertunity breezes 5F in :59.60 (4/131) at Santa AnitaPosted 3 days ago
  • Top Billing posts :38 2/5 for 3F work at Payson ParkPosted 4 days ago
  • Dortmund wins a thrilling three-way photo in the Los Alamitos Futurity!Posted 4 days ago
  • Sky Flight gets up late in the Tropical Park Derby Posted 4 days ago
  • Cinco Charlie wins the Sugar Bowl for his 4th juvenile stakes win. Posted 4 days ago
  • Grand Contender best in a sloppy Buddy DilibertoPosted 5 days ago
  • California Chrome covers 4F in :49.00 at Los Al (2/2)Posted 5 days ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $18,465 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos.Posted 6 days ago
  • Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 10 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 10 days ago
HRN Original Blog:
Bay Area Backstretch
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.
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.
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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.