03/27/2012 1:40PM

Golden Gate: Sister Glady Oh La out for forth win in a row


Sister Glady Oh La will seek her fourth straight victory, all for trainer Steve Sherman, in a $62,500 optional claimer in Thursday’s sixth race.

Sister Glady Oh La has won two straight at the race’s level and distance, one mile on the Tapeta.

A $3,500 Keeneland September yearling purchase in 2009, Sister Glady Oh La got her start at the bottom $12,500 maiden claiming level in 2010 and won in her third start. Two starts later, she finished third behind Grade 1 winner Lilacs and Lace in the California Oaks on Jan. 1, 2011. She then finished fourth in a Jan. 30 allowance race, exiting the race with a back problem that kept her sidelined until Nov. 3.

Since then Sister Glady Oh La has recorded 4 wins and a pair of seconds from 6 starts. Overall, she has 6 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds from 12 starts and earnings of $114,69.

“She’s a trier,” said Sherman. “She gives everything she has. She’ll go through on the rail or between horses.”

With Golden Gate about to open its turf course, Sherman says Sister Glady Oh La will likely try turf sometime this spring.

“She definitely fits up here,” Sherman said. “Thank God we’ve been able to place her in good spots. Sometimes it takes longer for some horses to mature, although you always hope they’ll run well early.”

Russell Baze, who had four straight wins Sunday to bring his victory total for the meeting to 100, will be aboard Sister Glady Oh La for the fourth straight race. He has ridden her five times and posed for pictures in the winner’s circle after each race.

Duran gets first win of comeback

Francisco Duran, who missed five weeks with a sprained knee after a spill, picked up his first win Sunday since returning. In his fourth mount and second day of riding since his return, Duran guided Two Per Cent to an easy 6 1/2-length victory in a $20,000 maiden claimer.

“When I went down, I thought I tore ligaments, but it was really just a strained knee,” Duran said. “It took a while to heal, but I worked hard at my rehab. After I felt better, I started working horses for four or five days till I was ready to ride.

“That was great to come back and win my second day out.”

Northern representation on owners’ board

Northern California-based trainer Ed Moger was reelected to the 15-member Thoroughbred Owners of California board of directors in its recent election. Moger will serve a three-year term.

Two other members of the board are residents of Northern California, owners Danny Cardoza and Jack Owens. Neither Cardoza nor Owens has horses in training in Northern California.

One of the others elected to the board is George Todaro, who has a number of horses with longtime trainer and business partner Jerry Hollendorfer, many based in Northern California.