05/21/2013 2:05PM

Golden Gate: Positive Response recovered and ready for All American

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Positive Response was rerouted from the San Francisco Mile to Monday's All American.

It’s important for trainers to have a Plan B just in case Plan A doesn’t work out.

Trainer Billy Morey had to fall back on Plan B with Positive Response, and he’s feeling confident going into Monday’s Grade 3, $100,000 All American at 1 1/16 miles over the Golden Gate Fields Tapeta main track.

Positive Response is the sorta-kinda defending champ. He was first under the wire in last year’s Memorial Day stakes, the Berkeley. But he was disqualified and placed fourth.

Golden Gate flip-flopped the All American and Berkeley this year, thinking the name All American was more fitting for Memorial Day than the Berkeley, which will now be run in the fall, when the All American was previously run.

Positive Response, who finished fourth in last fall’s All American, won an allowance race in December in his final start of 2012.

He returned to action in an April 6 prep race at one mile on the turf for the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile, scheduled for April 27. He ran second behind Control Seeker and finished ahead of Hudson Landing.

The effort did not set up Positive Response for the San Francisco Mile; it set him back.

“It was not terribly complicated,” Morey said. “He had a really hard comeback race. I didn’t want to bring him back in three weeks.”

So Plan A, the San Francisco Mile, became Plan B, the All American.

“We just took our time and let the horse rebound a little,” said Morey, who didn’t work Positive Response for 29 days following the allowance prep, until May 5.

“I knew I’d have to map out his works and figured I’d get three works into him,” said Morey.

He did get three works, a 49.60 half-mile, a 1:01.40 five furlongs and a 1:15.40 six-furlong work on Sunday. They were all solid moves, not geared for speed, but Positive Response finished well in them.

As of early in the week, six other runners were set to run in the All American: Administer and stablemate Hudson Landing; Ashtar, who won five stakes, including a Grade 1, in his native Chile; Control Seeker; Siberian Laughter, who just beat Administer in a prep race; and San Francisco Mile runner-up Summer Hit.

Mel’s Game and Oilisblackgold might ship north for the race.


Justin More than 1 year ago
Billy the kid knows what he is doing. If I owned horses at GGF, he would be my first choice to train them. The kid is intelligent, hard working and a top notch horseman.