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  • Australia's Hugh Bowman wins the Longines International Jockey Challenge.Posted 2 days ago
  • Miss Temple City (8-5) hits the wire just in front in the Grade 1 Matriarch.Posted 5 days ago
  • Annals of Time (5-1) gets clear late in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby.Posted 6 days ago
  • Vale Dori (1-2) much the best in the Grade 2 Bayakoa.Posted 6 days ago
  • Royal Posse (3-5) repeats in the Claiming Crown Jewel and becomes a millionaire.Posted 6 days ago
  • King and His Court (8-5) flies home to win the Display Stakes.Posted 6 days ago
  • R Angel Katelyn (8-5) leads all the way in the Sandpiper.Posted 6 days ago
  • Rapid Rhythm runs them down in the Battle of New Orleans.Posted 6 days ago
  • Highway Star (7-1) is up in time to win the Go for Wand.Posted 6 days ago
  • Chance of Luck (7-2) holds on to take the Inaugural StakesPosted 6 days ago
HRN Original Blog:
Bay Area Backstretch
Posted Monday, June 13, 2016
Russell Baze, thoroughbred racing's all time career leader in wins, has decided to hang up his tack.
Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Frank Conversation hasn’t got much Derby talk around the Doug O’Neill barn with the success of Nyquist, who is undefeated in five starts, but that could all change this weekend.
Posted Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The name Code Warrior wasn’t very well known to race goers over a month ago, but it sure is now, at least to Nor Cal racing fans.
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.
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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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