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  • Blingismything wins a wild photo in the Wilshire at Santa Anita.Posted 1 hour ago
  • Irish Jasper comes from last to upset the Belle Harbor at the Big A.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Big Looie upsets Social Inclusion in the latter's first race since the Haskell.Posted 6 hours ago
  • Cinco Charlie goes gate to wire in the William Walker at Churchill Downs.Posted 23 hours ago
  • Effinex runs to victory in the Excelsior; Wicked Strong finishes third.Posted 1 day ago
  • Mr. Jordan DQ'd at 1-5 in the Tarpon Stakes; Royal Squeeze placed first.Posted 1 day ago
  • Dortmund worked 6F in 1:13.60 (12/22) at Santa AnitaPosted 1 day ago
  • Carpe Diem covers 4F in :48.60 (2/63) at Keeneland on SaturdayPosted 1 day ago
  • El Kabeir drills 4F in :46.81 (3/55) at Belmont on SaturdayPosted 1 day ago
  • Derby points leader International Star worked 4F in :50.80 (8/9) at Churchill TrainingPosted 1 day ago
HRN Original Blog:
Bay Area Backstretch
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.
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.
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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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