05/01/2016 8:33PM

Gold Rush Dancer turns tables on Tough It Out in Silky Sullivan

Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography
Gold Rush Dancer wins his turf debut under Flavien Prat in the Silky Sullivan for 3-year-olds.

ALBANY, Calif. -- Gold Rush Dancer, who came to Northern California last fall after winning the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs, won his first stakes since then in his return to Golden Gate Fields, capturing the $100,450 Silky Sullivan on Sunday.
 The Silky Sullivan was the first of two California-bred turf stakes at one mile for 3-year-olds.
 Gold Rush Dancer ($19.80) reversed his loss to Tough It Out in the Echo Eddie in his last start at Santa Anita. In that 6 1/2-furlong race,  he opened up by three lengths in the lane only to have Tough It Out blow past him to win the race by 4 1/2 lengths.
  On Sunday, Flavien Prat kept Gold Rush Dancer in the clear as he sat fourth behind pacesetting Tough But Nice. He was inching up on the second turn and took over with a strong move into the lane and finished well to score a 1 1/4-length victory over odds-on favorite Tough It Out in 1:37.07.
 Tough It Out, the only turf winner in the field, sat in midpack early and closed willingly for second. Midnight Ming, making both his first turf and route start, was third.
 "It was his first time on the turf, but I wasn't worried," said Prat. "He showed he was a good horse. He's still a little bit green. Down the lane when I was on the lead, he was lugging out and lugging in, but he won pretty easily."
 Gold Rush Dancer ran third behind the filly Code Warrior in the six-furlong Golden Nugget in his Golden Gate Fields debut last fall. After running fifth in the one-mile Gold Rush, he was sent south to Vann Belvoir. He finished fourth in the San Pedro before running second in the Echo Eddie.
 Owned and bred by John Parker, Gold Rush Dancer, a Private Gold colt, earned $57,000 for his victory and has now earned $184,423 with 3 wins in 10 starts.