01/28/2012 10:56PM

Golden Gate Fields: Shudcudawudya gets right trip in Albany Stakes


ALBANY, Calif. - Favored Shudacudawudya got a patient, confident ride from Francisco Duran and parlayed a perfect stalking trip into a victory in the $65,260 Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

Shudacudawudya ($4.60) sat third as Live Sundays controlled the pace in front of comebacking Gig Harbor in the six-furlong race. Duran angled Shudacudawudya three wide and kept him clear in the lane as he wore down a game Live Sundays to win by one-half length in 1:09.04. Reagan Republican finished third in a three-way photo another length back.

“Shudcudawudya is tough to beat. My horse ran his eyeballs out,” said Russell Baze, the jockey of Live Sundays.

“He’s a true racehorse,” said Duran said of Shudacudawudya. “He gives me all the confidence in the world because I know he’s going to give me 100 percent.

“I wanted to be in the clear so I could give him the best possible chance to make his run, and I wanted to be extra patient. When I asked him, he gave me everything he had.”

The victory was Shudacudawudya’s seventh in 13 lifetime starts and his first stakes win since the Golden Nugget in 2009. The 5-year-old Marino Marini gelding is owned and bred by Brett Mason and trained by Mason’s father, Lloyd. He earned $39,300 for the victory to lift his lifetime earnings to $234,156.