Albany Champ Gallant Son Favored In Sprint Feature

Albany Champ Gallant Son Favored In Sprint Feature

     Gallant Son, who was nearly 8-1 when he captured the Albany Stakes on Feb. 18, is the 7-5 morning line favorite in Friday’s $34,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.

     Gallant Son will face fellow stakes-winners Bailouttheminister, Hudson Landing and Control Seeker in the third race, a six-furlong allowance dash that also attracted longshot Handsome Harvey, Jr.

     Gallant Son rallied from seventh in a field of nine to win the six-furlong Albany by
1 1/4 lengths over Moonshine Bay in a quick 1:09.18.  Moonshine Bay came back to win a six-furlong allowance race at Golden Gate Fields in 1:09.79 last Sunday.

     The Albany was the first Golden Gate Fields stakes triumph for Gallant Son, a
7-year-old horse who has seven career stakes victories and $438,328 in earnings.  Trained by Frank Lucarelli, Gallant Son is 3-for-4 lifetime racing six furlongs.

      French jockey Julien Couton rode Gallant Son for the first time in the Albany and he’ll back aboard the Kentucky-bred again Friday.  Gallant Son will break from the rail, and under the conditions of the race, carry 123 pounds, which is four to six pounds more than his rivals. 

      The field for Friday’s main event, listed in post position order with riders, weights, and morning-line odds, is as follows: Gallant Son, Couton, 123, 7-5; Bailouttheminister,
Russell Baze, 117, 2-1; Handsome Harvey, Jr., Christian Santiago Reyes, 117, 20-1; Hudson Landing, Frank Alvarado, 119, 7-2; and Control Seeker, Francisco Duran, 117, 5-1.

     Bailouttheminister, sent to the starting gate as the 5-2 favorite in the Albany, broke last from the rail in the race and then lost all chance when he had to steady hard early on the turn.  Trained by Keith Nations, Bailouttheminister won the six-furlong Sam J. Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton last summer and is 4-for-8 racing six furlongs.

     Hudson Landing and Control Seeker ran one-two, separated by a nose, in the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last November and are using Friday’s race to kickoff their 2013 campaigns. 

     Hudson Landing, trained by Blaine Wright, is a 6-year-old gelding who has 12 wins in 36 starts and $479,488 in earnings.  Control Seeker, a stablemate of Bailouttheminister in the Nations barn, is a 7-year-old gelding who has nine victories in 36 races and $347,787 in earnings.

     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.