04/09/2013 1:34PM

Golden Gate: San Francisco Mile candidates get in useful prep

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Trainer Keith Nations thinks Control Seeker is best on turf, a contention backed up by his victories in the Joseph T. Grace at Santa Rosa (above) and a Saturday allowance at Golden Gate Fields.

Control Seeker, Positive Response, and Hudson Landing, the first three finishers in a Saturday allowance prep on turf, came out of the race perfectly primed for the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on April 27.

“We’re looking pretty good,” said Control Seeker’s trainer, Keith Nations.

“I liked the way he finished.”

Control Seeker won last year’s Joseph Grace on the turf at Santa Rosa, and Nations thinks he is better on the turf than the main track.

Billy Morey was happy with Positive Response’s race, his first since Dec. 16, and said his star had been freshened with the San Francisco Mile in mind.

Hudson Landing’s best chance to win may have been compromised when he was interfered with by pacesetting Charlemagne Wood, who made a left turn and nearly went through the rail after turning for home. But Hudson Landing’s trainer, Blaine Wright, said he was “pleased with the run despite the traffic.”

“I thought he was coming on good,” he said.