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Colt Named Harbaugh Among Eight Entered In $100,000 California Derby
Entries for Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields were taken Wednesday morning and among the eight entrants is a colt named Harbaugh.
Harbaugh is a Kentucky-bred son of Brother Derek and his original owners, Rustin and Juliana Kretz (Kretz Racing LLC), are big time 49ers fans and named the horse in honor of head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“We named him after the 49ers almost won the Super Bowl last year,” reported Juliana Kretz in an email Wednesday. “He won and sadly got claimed away.”
Harbaugh broke his maiden in his second career start on Oct. 27 at Santa Anita and was claimed out of the race for $30,000 by the ownership group of R3 Racing, Ron Manzani and Jason Wood. The new owners put Harbaugh in the barn of Doug O’Neill, trainer of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another.
Harbaugh finished second, beaten a nose, in his first start for O’Neill and his clients and then came back win a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance on the turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 15.
Harbaugh enters the California Derby, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, with a record that features two wins and a second in four career starts. Harbaugh will be ridden by Golden Gate Fields jockey Juan Hernandez when he makes his Bay Area debut Saturday.
Although coach Harbaugh is a favorite of 49ers fans, the horse Harbaugh isn’t favored in the California Derby. Golden Gate Fields odds maker Steve Martinelli assigned Harbaugh morning-line odds of 10-1, making him the co-fifth choice in the field of eight.
Enterprising, who is coming off a sharp win in the Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita, is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Exit Stage Left, winner of the Golden Nugget and Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, is the 5-2 second choice.
The field for the California Derby, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Enterprising, Aaron Gryder, 2-1; Exit Stage Left, Russell Baze, 5-2; Morally Bankrupt, Leslie Mawing, 15-1; Harbaugh, Hernandez, 10-1; Infosec, Isaias Enriquez, 20-1; Argyle Cut, Dennis Carr, 8-1; Puppy Manners, Frank Alvarado, 10-1; and Royal Banker, Kevin Krigger, 3-1.
Post time for the California Derby, the seventh race on a nine-race program, is
3:45 p.m. First post Saturday is 12:45 p.m.