05/25/2013 1:52PM

Golden Gate Fields: Tres Borrachos most accomplished runner in All American


ALBANY, Calif. – Monday’s Grade 3, $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields looks like a mismatch on paper.

Millionaire Tres Borrachos drew the rail and has seven rivals, none of whom can match his credentials.

If two Grade 2 victories, a second and a third in Grade 1 events, and seven other stakes placings aren’t enough, handicappers may be swayed by the two straight 100 Beyer Speed Figures the 8-year-old Ecton Park gelding has earned in his most recent starts for trainer Martin Jones.

It almost seems too easy.

But while the six locally based runners can’t match Tres Borrachos’s bankroll or accomplishments, they may not be such easy pickings. And despite his credentials and current form, Tres Borrachos has only one win in the past two years, a Feb. 22 allowance victory at Santa Anita.

Hudson Landing is the defending champion in the race, which was previously run in the fall. Although still looking for his first win after three starts in 2013, he is coming off his best year, in which he won the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile and the Mt. Rainier at Emerald Downs as well as finishing second (on a disqualification) in the Grade 3 Berkeley last Memorial Day.

He’ll be joined by multiple stakes winner Positive Response, who won last year’s Berkeley before being disqualified to fourth, and Control Seeker, second in a photo in last year’s All American as well as the winner of the Joseph Grace at Santa Rosa and the Bull Dog at Fresno.

That trio has alternated wins, with each developing a fan base and a rivalry that has been good for Northern California horse racing.

The three other locally based runners also bring in solid credentials.

Summer Hit was claimed by leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for $12,500 as he won his debut. He has run in three stakes for Hollendorfer, running third in the Grey Memo at Hollywood Park before winning the Silky Sullivan here last year and then finishing second in the San Francisco Mile in his last start.

Siberian Laughter and Administer, a stablemate of Hudson Landing, finished a neck apart in an April 26 turf prep for this race.

The Bill Delia-trained Siberian Laughter is the lone runner making his stakes debut, but Delia said that is by design.

“What really happened is we went through all his conditions – that’s what you try to do,” said Delia, who expects a good effort from the 5-year-old Siberian Summer gelding, who has hit the board in nine of his past 10 starts.

The other Southern California import is Ashtar, a Grade 1 winner in his native Chile who is still looking for his initial U.S. victory.