Golden Gate Fields is an important American equine racing track that straddles both Albany, California, and Berkeley, California alongside the shore of San Francisco Bay bordering the Eastshore Freeway around the San Francisco Bay locality. With the shutting down of the Bay Meadows racecourse on 11th May, 2008, the facility became the only significant gaming arena in the whole of Northern California. The prominent track is presently owned and run by The Stronach Group.
The racetrack is positioned on 140 acres of a well-leveled piece land in the metropolises of Albany and Berkeley. The racecourse’s facilities presently comprise a one-mile artificial track and an excellent turf course that measures an estimated 9/10 of a mile, or about 7 furlongs plus another 132 feet, expansive stalls for over 1,400 horses, a major grandstand with a capacity for roughly 8,000 punters, a state-of-the-art clubhouse with a seating volume of over 5,200 individuals, a Turf Club with a space that can accommodate 1,500 people and an enhanced parking area for over 8,500 vehicles.
Golden Gate Fields Racecourse is located on a piece of land that borders Fleming Point on the West. On the northern part, it is adjacent to Albany Bulb, Albany Plateau, and Albany Beach. Due to its accessible location in an extensively urbanized area, the racecourse receives thousands of patrons, racers, fans, and sightseers even during not-so-significant field events. The same explains why the widely liked grounds attract steady media attention from eminent quarters. The trappings of urban location have given the gaming center a lot of prestige over the past decades.
Slightly before World War II, Golden Gate Fields constructed its fresh grandstand up against the sprawling eastern slant of Fleming Point, and neighboring marsh was leveled for the racetrack. The maiden race meeting was held on 1st February 1941, and attracted a fairly large crowd that the organizers had not anticipated. In the years preceding the second global war, the racetrack was made use of as the primary scene of the crime central to the scheme of the widely well-reviewed footage titled Shadow of the Thin Man’. With the commencement of World War II, the United States Navy started using the property as the "Albany Naval Landing Force Equipment Depot" majorly for keeping hundreds of landing war craft intended for use in the Pacific theater. Shortly after the global war, Golden Gate Fields went into organizing successful sporting fixtures.
Golden Gate Fields was long owned and run for two and a half decades by foreign car dealer and jockey Kjell Qvale. It was consequently taken over by Magna Entertainment Corp. In the early months of 2009, Magna personally filed a legal quest for bankruptcy. Following these new developments, the Stronach Group, the present proprietors, took over the management and ownership of Golden Gate Fields on 3rd July, 2011. The distinguished racing arena established a great deal of fame and historical significance in 2016 when it signed a contract with the 29-year-old Angela Hermann as the racetrack’s announcer, taking over from Michael Wrona. Hermann is remains the very first around the clock female horse racing events caller the whole of the United States. Her honey-tongued announcing voice continues to excite thousands of excited fans during significant racing functions at Gold Gate Fields Racecourse.