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Baffert’s Surfcup Is Even Money Favorite In $100,000 Silky Sullivan
Trainer Bob Baffert’s colt Surfcup has won a $300,000 stakes, is 2-for-2 on turf, and has earned $275,800 in just six starts. Thus, it’s no surprise Surfcup is the even-money favorite on the morning line for Sunday’s $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Silky Sullivan is a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds bred or sired in California. The feature attracted a field seven and Surfcup will break from post position six under jockey Russell Baze.
The Silky Sullivan is the sixth race on a nine-race program and will be run at approximately 3:15 p.m. First post Sunday is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas.
Surfcup captured the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 27. The 1 1/8-mile race was run on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track and Surfcup prevailed by a half-length over Fighting Hussar.
Surfcup recorded his turf wins on two different courses. A bay son of Unusual Heat, Surfcup broke his maiden on the lawn at Hollywood Park in his career debut. A little more than three months later, Surfcup won an allowance race on the turf at Santa Anita.
Owned and bred by Donald Dizney, Surfcup would add $57,000 to his bank account with a win in the Silky Sullivan.
The 2-1 second choice on the Silky Sullivan morning line is Gervinho, who has two wins in three starts but has been idle since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last November at Santa Anita.
Gervinho, another colt by Unusual Heat, is trained by Carla Gaines and owned by Keith Brackpool. Southern California-based jockey Victor Espinoza is taking a day off at Hollywood Park to ride Gervinho in the Silky Sullivan.
The 9-2 third choice is Tebows Big Play from the powerful Jerry Hollendorfer barn. Tebows Big Play, a gelded son of Ministers Wild Cat, is coming off a win in a one-mile maiden allowance race on the Golden Gate Fields turf. Tebows Big Play races for his breeder, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, and will be ridden by Juan Hernandez.
The field for the Silky Sullivan, in post position order, is as follows: Alydidit, Abel Cedillo rides, 12-1; Havoc, Dennis Carr, 15-1; Heat Streaker, William Antongeorgi, III, 15-1; Unusual Meeting, Frank Alvarado, 20-1; Tebows Big Play, Juan Hernandez, 9-2; Surfcup, Baze, even money; and Gervinho, Victor Espinoza, 2-1. All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.
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