08/14/2006 11:00PM

Golden Gate lists 9 stakes


Golden Gate Fields will run nine stakes, including the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap, during its fall meeting, which begins Aug. 25.

The track, which came under fire from horsemen during the spring when it cut overnight stakes purses from $50,000 to $40,000, has reinstituted $50,000 purses for overnight stakes. The nine stakes are worth a total of $625,000.

"We talked with trainers and worked closely with the Thoroughbred Owners of California and decided $50,000 was right for stakes in California," said Robert Hartman, Golden Gate's general manager.

Five of the nine scheduled stakes have $50,000 purses. The 1 1/16-mile Berkeley on Labor Day carries a $150,000 purse.

"Labor Day will be the biggest day of the meeting," Hartman said.

The meet's other three stakes are for Cal-breds and offer $75,000 purses. Only one open 2-year-old stakes is scheduled, the $50,000 Alameda on Sept. 9.

Sat., Aug. 26Marina3 & Up F&M1 1/16 Miles (T)$50,000
Sat., Sept. 2China Basin 3 & Up1 1/16 Miles (T)50,000
Mon., Sept. 4Berkeley (G3)3 & Up1 1/16 Miles 150,000
Sat., Sept. 9Alameda2 YO6 Furlongs 50,000
Sat., Sept. 16Noe Valley3 YO fillies1 1/16 Miles 50,000
Sat., Sept. 23Pacific Heights 3 & Up F&M* 1 Mile (T) 75,000
Sat., Sept. 30Presidio3 & Up* 1 Mile (T)75,000
Sat., Oct. 7Fort Mason3 & Up* 5 Furlongs (T)75,000
Sat., Oct. 14Hayes Valley 3 YO1 1/16 M50,000

*Restricted to Cal-Breds