05/01/2012 11:14AM

Golden Gate: Hudson Landing's San Francisco Mile win a first for trainer Wright

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Hudson Landing, under Juan Hernandez, gives trainer Blaine Wright the biggest victory of his career in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile.

Hudson Landing’s victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 San Francisco Mile gave trainer Blaine Wright his first graded stakes victory with only his second starter in a graded race. The victory in the turf race also was the first in a graded stakes for Hudson Landing, who is now 3 for 3 with $129,000 in earnings since being claimed for $50,000 by owner Jared Chappel on Feb. 25.

Wright said Hudson Landing will be pointed to the Grade 3 Berkeley on the main track here on Memorial Day, and will also likely run in stakes on the fair circuit. A long-range goal is the Grade 3 Longacres Mile in August at Emerald Downs.

Three horses in the San Francisco Mile ran winning races. There was the winner, Hudson Landing, of course. Runner-up Jeranimo, the odds-on favorite, had just enough trouble that his connections could bemoan his half-length defeat. Third-place finisher Gallant Son ran a dynamite race in his first start in eight months, getting the lead into the lane before getting passed late and finishing another three-quarters of a length back.

Jeranimo came from ninth in the 10-horse field and had to be taken extremely wide around horses turning into the stretch.

Mike Smith, Jeranimo’s rider, said, “I think he was the best horse.”

Leslie Mawing, Gallant Son’s rider, said of his mount: “He ran a great race. I wish he’d had a race under his belt because then he would have been super-tough. He’ll be double-tough next time.”

Jeranimo is being pointed to the Shoemaker Mile, while Gallant Son could have a rematch with Hudson Landing in the Berkeley.

Chappel had been outshook for Hudson Landing twice at Del Mar last summer. When he finally claimed him, Chappel became Hudson Landing’s fifth owner since the 5-year-old Maria’s Mon gelding ran sixth in the 2011 San Francisco Mile.

“The horse came to me in pretty good shape,” said Wright, who ran him in a pair of $62,500 optional claimers this year before taking a shot in the San Francisco Mile. “I know he’s been passed around, but he’s run well for everybody.

“We didn’t claim him to run in the San Francisco Mile. We took a shot, but I told Jared he’d have to pick his game up. I thought maybe the best he’d do would be to take third.”