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Golden Gate notes: San Francisco Mile winners and losers
By Chuck Dybdal
Though he says he considers Grade 3 San Francisco Mile winner Tigah “a Group 3 horse,” trainer John Sadler said he would consider the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park for the horse’s next start, although he added, “We might also look around.”
Tigah scored his first stakes victory Saturday in the San Francisco Mile, running down game pacesetter Summer Hit. Tigah was considered for the San Francisco Mile last year, but his knees were bothering him and he ultimately had a chip removed from one.
“He’s a miler, and he’s run well in both starts this year at Santa Anita, so this was a good spot for him,” Sadler said just after the race.
“I love running in races that have a bit of history to them. I told people at Hollywood Park when I left this morning that we’ll have to look for races up here next year.”
Locally based runners did not do too well, except for Gallant Son, who ran third for the second straight year.
Runners coming out of an April 6 prep race – defending champ Hudson Landing, Control Seeker, and Charlemagne Wood – did little. Hudson Landing, Control Seeker, and Gallant Son will likely return in the Grade 3 All American on Memorial Day on the main track.
Comebackers on parade
Jerry Hollendorfer, who had a big weekend with four stakes winners at Hollywood Park, including Halo Dolly in the Grade 3 Wilshire, brought Broken Sword back to the races at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday.
The Broken Vow filly won her debut last year by 11 lengths in the Juan Gonzalez at Pleasanton and hadn’t raced since. On Sunday, she finished third in a three-way photo behind Special Summer, who remained unbeaten in three starts in the six-furlong $50,000 optional claimer. Broken Sword dueled with Special Summer on the lead before tiring in her first start in nearly 10 months.
Hollendorfer saddles another comebacker in the Thursday feature, a six-furlong allowance. Outside Nashville, 3, makes his first start since winning the Golden Nugget on Nov. 10. Outside Nashville, who won a maiden race here with an 81 Beyer Speed Figure and the Golden Nugget with a 91, faces older horses for the first time.
The Hollendorfer-trained Moonshine Bay could be the one to beat. He has won three of his past four starts and has been part of the exacta in six straight races. Also entered were Soldiers Point, second in his past two starts, and Red Creme, who has hit the board in his past seven starts including a win last out.
Outside Nashville is not the only comebacker. The 4-year-old Majestic City, who won the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship and ran second in a pair of Grade 1 races at 2, makes his first start since July 18. Known Associate makes his first start in nearly 13 months.
◗ Gates will open at 7:15 a.m. Friday and Saturday for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards. Grandstand, clubhouse, and Top of the Stretch open at 7:15 Friday, with the turf club opening at 10 a.m. All gates open at 7:15 Saturday morning. There will be an early first post of 11:45 a.m. at Golden Gate on Saturday.
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