11/23/2009 12:00AM

Bold Chieftain making a final start at home


Northern California fans will probably have their last chance to say goodbye to their latest millionaire on Friday when Bold Chieftain runs in the $50,000 San Quentin at Golden Gate Fields.

Bold Chieftain made history in his last start when he became the first horse to win the California Cup Classic twice. His victory in the Oct. 3 race at Santa Anita pushed him to $1,083,411 in career earnings.

Trainer Bill Morey Jr., a co-owner and co-breeder of the 6-year-old horse with the late Ernest Langbein, Dwaine Hall, and Ken Robinson, said the group will begin to look at bids for Bold Chieftain to become a stallion next year. He said Bold Chieftain would probably make his last start in the Sunshine Millions in January if the ownership group can find the right situation for him to stand as a stallion.

Morey said it is "hard to answer" how much interest there might be in the horse, who has 13 wins, 8 seconds, and 4 thirds in 31 starts. He has made 25 stakes appearances, including an eighth in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Mile, with 10 wins, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds. Although not a graded stakes winner, he has a second and a third in Grade 2 races and a pair of seconds and a third in Grade 3 events.

"We wanted to make him a millionaire," said Morey, who also trained the millionaire Dixie Dot Com. "We have promoted him enough as a stallion prospect. We'll try to push him a little more as a stallion prospect now."

The versatile Bold Chieftain has won on dirt, in the mud, on synthetics - although never on the Golden Gate Fields Tapeta surface - and on the turf.

Golden Nugget 1-2 eye Gold Rush

Shudacudawudya and Sourdough Sam, the one-two finishers in Saturday's roughly run Golden Nugget, came out of the race in good shape and could meet again in the Gold Rush Stakes at one mile on Dec. 12.

Shudacudawudya won the six-furlong Golden Nugget by three-quarters of a length despite clipping heels and stumbling midway around the turn. Sourdough Sam bumped with R El Jefe at the break and took up in traffic approaching the turn, then had to angle out sharply for room in midstretch before finishing fastest.

By Marino Marini, Shudacudawudya had been a pace factor in his four previous starts but was outsprinted early and won by coming from off the pace for the first time.

"I really feel he'll be able to go long, rating like that," said Lloyd Mason, who trains Shudacudawudya for his son Brett, who bred the colt and also is a top horseshoer. "This opens some doors. This horse's sire is still unproven, but he's produced some good runners."

Given the way the race was run, Mason called the victory "pretty remarkable."

Jockey Francisco Duran was extremely impressed by the colt's performance.

"Nine out of 10 don't do much after something like that," he said of his colt's stumble.

"He had obstacles, but he overcame them."

Duran deserves credit for staying on his mount, not panicking, and maintaining his balance so that the colt could regain his footing after clipping heels with Our Minesweeper, who finished fourth.

Duran said he sensed a possible problem with jockey William Antongeorgi, who was looking for room with Our Minesweeper. Antongeorgi received a three-day suspension Sunday because of the incident.

"When it did happen, I was in position to react as the horse stumbled," Duran said.

Duran didn't try to force the issue, allowing Shudacudawudya to regain his balance and pick up his momentum on his own. He then urged Shudacudawudya into contention and they pulled clear in the lane before holding off Sourdough Sam, who had caught Shudacudawudya in their previous meeting.

Sourdough Sam's trainer Dean Pederson offered no excuses: "Did we have the best trip? No. Did we have the best horse? Probably."

But Pederson also was quick to compliment Shudacudawudya's effort.

"To their credit, their horse showed a new dimension and also overcame trouble, he said."

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