Description: The track is set on approximately 154 acres of land in the cities of Albany and Berkeley, Golden Gate Fields' facilities currently include a one-mile dirt track and a 7/8-mile turf course, stalls for more than 1,350 horses, a main grandstand with seating for approximately 9,000 customers, a clubhouse with seating for approximately 4,500 customers, a Turf Club with seating for approximately 1,200 customers and parking for over 8,500 cars.
Owned and managed for 25 years by the last owner of Silky Sullivan, the foreign car importer and horseman, Kjell Qvale, Golden Gate Fields is now part of the Magna Entertainment Corp. (who also own Santa Anita Park and the San Luis Rey Downs Training Center Bonsall, California). Magna Entertainment announced on October 12, 2006, that the track will install the Tapeta Footings, a synthetic racing surface on its main racetrack.
The California Horse Racing Board mandated that effecive January 1, 2008 Thoroughbred racing facilities in California must install a polymer synthetic type racing surface.
Construction in Golden Gate Fields is scheduled to begin in May of 2007.