Updated on 09/17/2011 11:07AM

Sanibel Sunset faces four in softer spot than Oaks


ALBANY, Calif. - If Sanibel Sunset, the likely favorite in Wednesday's Golden Gate Fields feature race, were in another barn, she might have run in Saturday's $75,000 California Oaks.

She hadn't run badly when a troubled third to Oaks favorite Lucky Sabre two races back. She rebounded from that loss to win a $40,000 starter allowance race at a mile in her next start. On Wednesday, she meets four rival 3-year-old fillies in a $25,000 optional claimer at a mile.

Patience is a way of life in Art Sherman's barn.

Sherman's son and assistant, Steve, said they did not think hard about running Sanibel Sunset in the stakes race.

"We don't like to rush fillies," he said. "It's better to let them go through their conditions. Sometimes fillies are ready. You know something's there, but you have to wait to see it come out."

Patience, as both Shermans know, can pay off. Last year, at age 6, their Fancee Bargain became a stakes winner for the first time in her career.

Sanibel Sunset's first race around two turns was in the Corte Madera Handicap on Dec. 28 when she finished fourth.

"We kind of threw her to the wolves early," Steve Sherman said. "This is one not to be rushed. She used to flip her head in the air when running and tied up, but now you can place her where you want because she's nice and relaxed. She's acting like a real professional."

Trish's Cajun and Paul's Accolades figure to set the pace, with Sanibel Sunset relaxing off it early, and finishing well - as she did in winning on Feb. 21.

Corrales rides first winner in U.S.

Max Corrales earned his first riding victory in the United States on Saturday, guiding Fight for Freedom to a 3 1/2-length victory in a $6,250 claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs. His uncle, Jose Corrales, trains Fight for Freedom.

Corrales, 23,has been in the U.S. for four months and got his jockey's license in February. His victory came in his seventh ride. In four rides at Golden Gate Fields, Corrales has one win, two seconds, and a third.

"I've been riding in Columbia, Panama, and Mexico for five years," he said. "I've ridden at Santa Anita and here."

Corrales does not have an agent yet and says he exercises "nine or 10" horses a morning, hoping to favorably impress some trainers.

"I'll ride whatever comes up," he said.

* Chance Rollins received a seven-day suspension, to run from Friday until March 29 for his ride aboard Post Pattern in Thursday's third race. Post Pattern finished second but was left unplaced after an incident down the backstretch that resulted in a spill as Tickled Purple clipped heels with Post Pattern.

* Jockey Macario Rodriquez was suspended for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for causing a chain-reaction bumping incident with Proud Yvett at the start of Friday's sixth race.