Among San Francisco sights, Golden Gate Fields adds to fun things to do in San Francisco with dog photo contest

Golden Gate Fields contest brings together pooches and ponies for one of the true San Francisco sights and fun things to do in San Francisco.

One of the most curious San Francisco sights meshes with one of the most fun things to do in San Francisco on Oct. 22 when Golden Gate Fields hosts Dog Day at the Races, and fans can get a jumpstart on the event in a contest that offers great prizes.

Between now and October 17, 2011, Golden Gate Fields is inviting Bay Area residents to enter its Facebook Photo Contest with the chance to win prizes like a day at the races or a fleece blanket.

To enter the contest, which could certainly turn into one of the fun things to do in San Francisco, fans are asked to first "Like" the Golden Gate Fields page on Facebook.

Then it's time to create one of those San Francisco sights that will have everyone talking. Entrants need to take a photo of their dog - preferably in a Halloween costume - tag it with Golden Gate Fields, post it on the Golden Gate Fields Facebook wall, then tell their friends to comment on the photo.

The photo with the most comments wins a Day at the Races prize package for four people which includes: Turf Club Admission, Buffet Lunch, Valet Parking and Programs. The photo with the second most comments wins a Golden Gate Fields' fleece blanket.

The Golden Gate Fields contest begins on Thursday, October 6, 2011, and runs through Monday, October 17, 2011. Winners will be picked based on the total number of comments made on the photo by 11:59 ET on October 17, 2011.

The photo with the most comments wins first prize, second most comments wins second prize. Comments made by the entrant only count once. In the event of a tie, a winner will be selected at random. Entrants are allowed to submit multiple photos to increase chances of winning. Golden Gate Fields will message the winner for their mailing address in order to tell how to claim a prize that qualifies as one of the most fun things to do in San Francisco.

Complete rules and eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.goldengatefields.com/race-info/news/top-dog-facebook-contest

Golden Gate Fields' Dog Day at the Races highlights the opening weekend of the Winter/Spring Meet and is one of the more intriguing San Francisco sights. Gates open for Dog Day at the Races at 10 a.m., with the first race posting at 12:45.

About Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gates Fields, Northern California's premier horse racing facility, commenced its first meeting on Feb. 1, 1941. Due to poor track conditions caused by heavy rains, the inaugural meeting lasted only five days. America's involvement in World War II meant racing at the race track wouldn't resume for six years, and the track became a naval amphibious landing craft base.

Golden Gate Fields reopened on Sept. 9, 1947, and since has hosted many of the sports' greatest thoroughbred horses and jockeys. The great Bill Shoemaker, who would go on to become the world's winningest riders, scored his first career victory at Golden Gate Fields on April 20, 1949, aboard Shafter V. He retired 41 years later with 8,833 wins.

Through the years champion horses like Citation (1948 Horse of the Year), Noor (Handicap Horse of 1950), Determine (1954 Kentucky Derby winner), John Henry (Horse of the Year in 1981 and 1984), Brown Bess (Female Grass Horse of 1989), Tight Spot (Grass Horse of 1991), and Lost in the Fog (Sprinter of 2005) have competed at Golden Gate Fields.
Golden Gate Fields is one of the true San Francisco sights, featuring an elegant Turf Club, a vast and comfortable Club House, smart simulcast rooms, and plenty of free seating in the general admission areas, all of which make a trip to the facility one of the most fun things to do in San Francisco.

For more information on California horse racing, betting tips to make your experience more enjoyable and the latest horse racing results, visit Golden Gate Fields online at http://www.GoldenGateFields.com, on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/GoldenGateFields or on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/GGFRacing