05/27/2008 12:00AM

Stud career for late-bloomer


ALBANY, Calif. - The millionaire McCann's Mojave is heading to the breeding shed in 2009, trainer Steve Specht said after the 8-year-old son of Memo's dominating victory in the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Monday.

McCann's Mojave turned in an outstanding effort and couldn't have gotten a better trip in the 1o1/16-mile race as he defeated favored Desert Code by 3 1/2 lengths.

"We plan to run in a few more spots," Specht said after the race. "I'm not sure where his next start will be."

One thing Specht and owner Mike Willman will check out carefully is the stakes schedule at Golden Gate Fields next fall.

"He loves this racetrack," Specht said.

McCann's Mojave has won 3 of 5 starts here. He finished last in last year's Berkeley, bleeding badly and coming to a stop after making a powerful move to take command of the race at the quarter pole.

Specht was worried after entering McCann's Mojave on Friday because the weather was drizzling, cold, and overcast. It was the type of weather in which last year's race was run and the type of weather present the only other time McCann's Mojave bled, which came following a workout.

But weather was no problem Monday, and Specht's prerace prediction of how the race would be run was 100 percent accurate. He predicted that McCann's Mojave would sit third in a perfect stalking position, and he did.

He said McCann's Mojave was coming into the race perfectly, and he was.

The outcome never seemed in doubt. Favored Desert Code was forced to go head-and-head with Our Partner through the first six furlongs. McCann's Mojave, under Frank Alvarado, glided three wide to the lead and Alvarado said he only asked his horse to run three-sixteenths of a mile.

Specht said that if McCann's Mojave continues to run as well as he did in the Berkeley, he could end up racing right up to breeding season next year.

"If he happened to reel off a few wins, the Sunshine Millions Classic would look pretty good, and he could be a stud later," said Specht.

The Sunshine Millions Classic is in January at Gulfstream Park, where McCann's Mojave won the Classic in 2007.

Distance okay with Sudan

Eight older horses have been entered in Saturday's Grade 3 $100,000 Golden Gate Fields Turf at 1o3/8 miles.

Trainer Bobby Frankel sends out Sudan, whose two wins are the fewest of the eight runners in the field. But Sudan, a 5-year-old son of Peintre Celebre, won the Group 1 Gran Premio di Milano at 1 1/2 miles in Italy last year. He was also third in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris at the same distance in France as a 3-year-old.

He has run twice in the United States, finishing eighth in the Gradeo2 San Luis Obispo and third in the Grade 2 Jim Murray at Hollywood Park in his last start May 10.

Also entered are We Brothers, who won a minor stakes at 1 3/8 miles in Arizona, Top This and That, Uffizi, Amazin Blue, Fire Wood, Plug Me In, and Fitz Flag.

Pick six hit solo for $407,091

An unidentified bettor, wagering through Xpress Bet, cashed the lone ticket in Friday's Golden Gate pick six, collecting $407,091. The winning sequence included horses that paid $55.20, $32.40, and $68.80 - plus three favorites.

The person who hit the pick six wagered $4,032 and he or she caught the winner in three photos, as well as two other races that were decided by less than a length.

Yankee Visionary ($55.20) was one of four horses the winner used in the first leg. Shadow Raider ($32.40) led wire-to-wire in the second leg, holding off favored Motel Staff by a nose; the winning bettor used seven runners. Odds-on Our Superstar ($3.20) held on by a nose for a wire-to-wire win as one of the bettor's two choices in the third leg. The winner played nine horses in the fourth leg and was reward when Carissa ($68.80) scored by a head over 15-1 Deanne's Ring.

The pick six winner played favorites in the final two races, winning the next-to-last leg with Hotrod Kelly ($6.40) by three-quarters of a length. The ticket's lone single, R Mattie ($4.60), romped by seven in the final leg.

* The Thoroughbred Owners of California's continuing "Ownership 101" series will focus on "Veterinary Medicine and Your Racehorse" on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Golden Gate Fields at the Trackside Court on the clubhouse level. Those who will speak at the session are Dr. Rick Arthur, California Horse Racing Board equine medical director; Dr. Kim Kuhlmann, a verterinarian; and trainer Aggie Ordonez. The event is free, but reservations are recommended and available by calling (800) 994-9909.