50 CENT TRIFECTAS, ROLLING SUPER HIGH FIVES & 50 CENT LATE PICK FIVE ADDED AS 50 CENT LATE PICK 4 FEATURES 9.2 HORSES PER RACE; DYNAMIC TALENT MATT DINERMAN TO DEBUT AS NEW VOICE OF GGF
Berkeley, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2017)–A shining light on the East San Francisco Bay since 1941, Golden Gate Fields will open for its 94-day Winter/Spring Meet on Tuesday, Dec. 26, and will offer fans full fields, top horses, jockeys and trainers. The Winter/Spring meet, which runs through Sunday, June 10, will also offer a revamped wagering menu that will include 50 cent Trifectas, an additional 50 cent Late Pick 5, rolling Super High 5s and a dynamic new announcer, 25-year-old Matt Dinerman.
Regarded as a dynamic young talent who has made the transition from ardent racing fan to announcer with unbridled enthusiasm and a work ethic to match, Golden Gate fans are in for a treat as Dinerman follows a highly acclaimed three-year stint at Emerald Downs near Seattle.
Not counting horses on the also eligible list throughout the nine-race opening day program, average field size stands at 9.2 runners per race and the card is built to end in a pari-mutuel crescendo, as the 50 cent Late Pick 4, will offer punters no less than 11.2 horses in races six through nine.
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS NINE-RACE OPENING DAY FACT SHEET
–First post time is at 12:15 p.m.
–Admission gates open at 10 a.m.
–Projected weather is for sunny skies with a high temperature of 60 degrees.
–Golden Gate Fall jockey and trainer champions Juan Hernandez and John Martin will be looking to go back to back atop their respective categories, as Hernandez rides six races (1,5,6,7,8 & 9), while Martin will saddle three horses, in races 6, 8 & 9.
–Look for high percentage trainer Jonathan Wong to win a good many races with recent arrival, jockey Heribert Martinez, who rides seven out of the nine opening day races–three in combination with Wong.
–A Bay Area icon, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has three starters on opening day; Amber Louise in race one, and both Six Cider and Storminside in race eight.
–A revamped wagering menu that continues to include a low takeout 14 percent 50 cent Early Pick 5 on races one through five. Golden Gate is adding a 50 cent Late Pick 5 on the final five races each day. In the event no one correctly tabs all five winners in either the Early or Late version, the net pool will carry over to the corresponding Early or Late Pick 5 the following racing day.
–Two dollar Win, Place and Show wagering will still offer fans a low 15.43 percent takeout.
–One dollar rolling Super High Five wagers will be offered throughout each race day. If no one selects the first five finishers in exact order, the net pool will carry to the next race. Once the bet is hit, the net pool is paid out and the wager begins anew in the following race.
–The 50 cent Late Pick 4, which boasts average field size of 11.2 runners per race, will include the day’s two best races: The seventh, a $26,000 maiden special weight with a field of 12 juvenile fillies going 5 ½ furlongs on the Tapeta main track and the eighth race, a $27,000 allowance for 3-year-old and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
–The popular 20 cent Golden Pick Six, which includes a Single Ticket Jackpot component, will be offered on the final six races each day.
For additional information regarding opening day at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday and the upcoming 94-day Winter/Spring Meet, please visit goldengatefields.com.