09/28/2011 10:10AM

Golden Gate: Shudacudawudya-Tribesman rematch in offing


Expect a rematch between Shudacudawudya and Tribesman in the Oct. 22 Oakland Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.

The two met last Sunday in a six-furlong allowance, with the 4-year-old Shudacudawudya notching his fifth victory (along with three seconds) in eight sprint tries over Golden Gate’s Tapeta surface, defeating even-money favorite Tribesman by four lengths.

Both geldings came out of the race in good shape, according to their trainers.

Shudacudawudya was making his first start since Feb. 17, but trainer Lloyd Mason expressed confidence going into the race.

Owned and bred by Mason’s son Brett, Shudacudawudya won his debut and won this January following a year’s layoff, so Mason said he wasn’t concerned about the seven-month layoff. Mason said he decided to give Shudacudawudya a break because there weren’t many suitable races for him until fall.

Mason said Sunday’s race was a prep for the $50,000 Oakland at Golden Gate, although the $100,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Oct. 29 was also a possibility.

Tribesman, a 7-year-old multiple stakes winner, was making only his second start in 16 months on Sunday. He won his comeback in a $50,000 optional claimer at Santa Rosa on July 27.

“It’s tough having a good horse,” trainer Roger Hansen said. “I’ve entered him in some races that didn’t go.”

As expected, Tribesman set a brisk pace under Russell Baze on Sunday, with fractions of 22.07 and 44.70. Francisco Duran eased Shudacudawudya back off Tribesman. Shudacudawudya rallied three wide on the turn and pulled away in the stretch, winning in 1:09.01.

“He’s very talented,” Mason said. “His works were real solid, and we never worked him with another horse.”

Tribesman, while no match for the winner, finished evenly, defeating 2010 Oakland winner Our Minesweeper by three lengths.

“I was pleased,” Hansen said Monday. “He just got outrun. He had a dream trip, but he’s just a step slower now.”

Hansen said Tribesman would seek revenge in the Oakland.

And Mason said Shudacudawudya will probably be there waiting for him.

“I’m a big supporter of this surface,” he said. “We’ll probably run here because of that."