08/31/2013 1:30PM

Golden Gate Fields: Firmer turf for Rolling Green may help Eagle Screams

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Hudson Landing, winning the San Francisco Mile, is one of the favorites in the Rolling Green.

There are four stakes winners entered in Monday’s $50,000 Rolling Green Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, but even the two non-stakes winners merit consideration as value plays.

Eagle Screams, a 4-year-old making his stakes debut, will undoubtedly be the longest shot in the six-horse field even though he’s coming off a game victory in a first-level optional claimer at Santa Rosa. He’s 2 for 5 on turf, but 0 for 3 locally.

Trainer Gil Matos said the short field and the lack of other races locally until October prompted his decision.

“He doesn’t like the turf at Golden Gate, but when he’s run on it before, it’s always been a soft course,” said Matos. “The course has been listed as firm, and I’m happy the course is as dry as it ever will be here.”

Trainer Bill Delia sends out turf specialist Siberian Laughter, who has 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 10 turf starts.

Siberian Laughter was fourth in his stakes debut in last May’s All American, missing third by a nose. He then trailed Positive Response and Tribal Tribute when fifth in the County of Alameda.

“I passed the turf race at Santa Rosa [the Joseph Grace] because he didn’t run well at Pleasanton,” said Delia. “I had to make a decision. As enticing as that race was, you can’t dance every dance so I kind of freshened him up.”

Siberian Laughter has been competitive with his local rivals, and Delia is optimistic.

“He’s won a lot of nice races on turf. When he’s on his game, he’s liable to beat anybody.”

The four stakes winners in Monday’s field are drawn from the rail out for the 1 1/16-mile turf race, starting with Hudson Landing, whose first of four stakes victories came here as a 3-year-old on the turf in the Alcatraz. The 6-year-old Hudson Landing also won last year’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile here.

Polytechnicien, a Group 3 stakes winner in France, will be making his second U.S. start after finishing fifth in an optional $100,000 claimer at Del Mar one year ago.

Positive Response won the County of Alameda Stakes at Pleasanton in June.

Tribal Tribute, second in the Joseph Grace on the turf at Santa Rosa in his last start, won the Robert Dupret Derby on the turf at Santa Rosa last year.