ALBANY, Calif. &ndash; Trainer Billy Morey will be paying close attention to one of his clients, Don Brauer, from now on.\r\nBrauer, a part owner in Sir Al, who has won more than $100,000 since joining Morey&rsquo;s barn 16 months ago, has tipped Morey about several horses.\r\nMorey has purchased two: Hudson Landing, winner of last spring&rsquo;s Alcatraz Stakes, and Positive Response, who scored an impressive wire-to-wire victory in Saturday&rsquo;s Gold Rush Stakes.\r\n&ldquo;He shoots horses at me from time to time,&rdquo; said Morey. &ldquo;These are the only two we both really liked.&rdquo;\r\nMorey studied Positive Response&rsquo;s form, which included a third-place finish in a $40,000 maiden claimer followed by a victory in a $50,000 maiden claimer at Woodbine.\r\nHe also examined the gelding&rsquo;s breeding: by Pomeroy, who won a pair of Grade 1&rsquo;s, the King&rsquo;s Bishop and Forego, out of the Farma Way mare Lisa&rsquo;s Approval, a stakes-placed earner of $101,498 whose first foal, R B Applause has a 2-for-14 record.\r\nWhat sold Morey, though, was watching tapes of the gelding.\r\n&ldquo;He had a steady way about him,&rdquo; said Morey. &ldquo;On this track, I think that&rsquo;s the way to go.\r\n&ldquo;And they had a good program here for 2-year-olds turning into 3-year-olds.&rdquo;\r\nAfter what Morey called a &ldquo;disappointing&rdquo; fourth-place finish in his Golden Gate debut, Positive Response came back two weeks later and was a wire-to-wire winner in a starter allowance.\r\nHe ran a nearly identical race through the first half-mile of the Gold Rush, but he ran the second half of the race faster than the first half, beating Grand Maneuver by six lengths in 1:37.75, nearly two seconds faster than his starter victory (1:39.67) even though his Beyer Speed Figure was only a 78 after earning an 67 in his one-mile debut.\r\nWinning rider Julien Couton says he is &ldquo;very excited about him&rdquo; and the way he ran.\r\n&ldquo;He broke good and made the pace nice and easy,&rdquo; said Couton. &ldquo;He was nice and relaxed all the way around the track. He&rsquo;s still a little green. In the stretch, he started looking at things, so I had to stay busy on him.&rdquo;\r\nWhen Couton and Morey talked before the race, the decision was just to let Positive Response relax and run comfortably whether he was on the lead or stalking.\r\n&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t give me any instructions,&rdquo; said Couton, who led by 2 1/2 lengths through opening fractions of 24.71 and 49.65 s econds.\r\n&ldquo;Both fractions looked awfully good to me,&rdquo; said Morey. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s gotten the lead both times he has stretched out, and it doesn&rsquo;t seem like distance will be a problem the way he&rsquo;s finished. It&rsquo;s not like he&rsquo;s a speed horse just hanging on.&rdquo;\r\nMorey has been impressed with the gelding&rsquo;s demeanor.\r\n&ldquo;Ever since the first day when the boys brought him out of the barn for me to look at him, he&rsquo;s been professional. He acts like a very mature horse.&rdquo;\r\nThe $100,000 California Derby at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 15 is next on Positive Response&rsquo;s schedule.\r\nAnother milestone\r\nCouton&rsquo;s victory aboard Positive Response was the 29-year-old French rider&rsquo;s first stakes victory. Two weeks earlier, Juan Hernandez scored his first stakes victory aboard Cathy&rsquo;s Crunches in the Corte Madera. One week earlier Kyle Frey recorded his first career victory.\r\nThe first stakes victory felt &ldquo;awesome&rdquo; to Couton, who came to America in 2008 and has had the best year of his career this year with 79 victories from 630 mounts.\r\nMorey said he used Couton because &ldquo;he&rsquo;s ridden quite a few winners for me&rdquo; about 40 percent of his mounts.\r\nOther trainers, such as Aggie Ordonez, appreciate Couton&rsquo;s understanding of horses and ability to relay important information to them after working them.\r\n&ldquo;I really love the horse,&rdquo; Couton said. &ldquo;In France, I spent hours learning horses.&rdquo;\r\nCouton&rsquo;s story is a familiar one at the track. He walked, groomed, galloped, and exercised horses.\r\n&ldquo;I was trained to do everything,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I got a good education in France. I know what I have between my legs when I&rsquo;m riding a horse.&rdquo;\r\nHe began riding at age 17, scoring his maiden victory with only his second mount.\r\nBrad Edwards became his agent after the 2009 Fresno meet.\r\n&ldquo;You could see he had a lot of skills even though he was riding 100-1 shots,&rdquo; said Edwards. &ldquo;When he&rsquo;s riding on instinct, I think nobody rides better than him.&rdquo;\r\nCouton had 10 wins at the 2009 Golden Gate fall meet, 33 wins at the winter-spring meet, and has 18 wins at the current meet.\r\nCouton is single but says, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m married to the horses.&rdquo;\r\nHollendorfer pays off\r\nIt&rsquo;s not often that a Jerry Hollendorfer-trained horse is the longest shot on the board, but, on Sunday, Hollendorfer had two runners in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race and they were the two highest prices in the field.\r\nRainbow Luck, the longest shot at 11.30-to-1, won the race with stablemate Cover Story running second at 9.70-to-1. The Hollendorfer exacta paid $95.30 on a $1 bet&nbsp;with the $2 quinella returning $103.40. The $1 trifecta with Eyes of the Prize paid $396.90, and the $1 superfecta with Bleach Blonde fourth &ndash; as favored Red Hot Charlotte ran fifth on the race that was switched from the turf to the main track &ndash; paid $1,254.70.\r\nPacific Heights may move\r\nSaturday&rsquo;s $75,000 Pacific Heights for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the turf may have to be moved to the main track if predictions of rain hold up.\r\nThe surface shouldn&rsquo;t make a difference for the Steve Specht-trained Antares World, who won both the Corte Madera and California Oaks on the main track and the Golden Poppy on the turf.