• Champion Sprinter Work All Week has been retired due to a fracture.Posted 1 day ago
  • Harmonize comes widest of all to win the Jessamine Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Got Lucky gets there on the wire in the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland.Posted 5 days ago
  • Airoforce kicks away in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes for hot trainer Mark Casse.Posted 5 days ago
  • Ben's Duchess takes advantage of a speed duel to win the L.A. Woman.Posted 5 days ago
  • Inheritance, a $1.9 million 2yo in training purchase, broke her maiden by 13 today at Belmont.Posted 5 days ago
  • Golden Horn wins the Arc ... Treve runs well, but settles for fourth.Posted 5 days ago
  • Wild Dude earns a Breeders' Cup berth with a Santa Anita Sprint win.Posted 6 days ago
  • Grand Arch just holds off a flying The Pizza Man to win the Shadwell Turf Mile.Posted 6 days ago
  • He repeats -- It's all Tonalist in a sloppy Jockey Club Gold Cup.Posted 6 days ago
HRN Original Blog:
Bay Area Backstretch
Posted Saturday, June 13, 2015
As California Chrome prepares for his debut in England next Wednesday, his little sister was making a debut of her own right here at Golden Gate Fields.
Posted Friday, May 29, 2015
For the first time in a 36-year riding career, Charles C Lopez got the chance to ride against two of his sons.
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.
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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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