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Control Seeker Seeks To Extend Winning Streak In $100,000 All American Stakes
The sharp 6-year-old gelding Control Seeker will seek his fourth straight victory Friday when he competes in the $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The All American, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds and up, will be run at 1 1/16-miles on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Control Seeker is 6-1 on the morning line and will be ridden by Francisco Duran.
Control Seeker began his winning streak on Aug. 5 when he captured the Joseph T. Grace Handicap on the turf at Santa Rosa. He came back on Sept. 1 to win a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the grass at Golden Gate Fields and then shipped to the Central Valley, where he took the 1 1/8-mile Bull Dog Handicap on dirt at the Big Fresno Fair on
Nations said Control Seeker turned into a win machine after getting some treatment for stomach ulcers.
“After we got him on GastroGard and started addressing his stomach issues, he just absolutely blossomed,” said Nations. “His gallops were stronger, his breezes were stronger and he was putting on weight. He physically just blossomed for us.”
Although Control Seeker was 0-for-4 in 2012 heading into the Joseph T. Grace,
Nations was confident his charge would win. Control Seeker did at odds of 7-1.
“I just had a gut feeling going into the Grace that he was really going to fire big,” said Nations. “He did and we obviously haven’t changed a thing. He just seems to keep getting better and better all the time. He’s just a horse that seems to love training now and he’s eating well.”
Control Seeker has had three workouts since the Bull Dog, including an impressive seven-furlong drill under Duran in 1:24 3/5 on Nov. 9 at Golden Gate Fields.
“I told Francisco I want this horse to work, and I want him to work at a good pace early, and then at the head of the lane I want you to make him finish up,” said Nations. “And he did. He really finished up the work fantastic. His last quarter was very strong and he looked good galloping out.”
Duran has been aboard Control Seeker throughout the horse’s winning streak and he’ll be at the controls again in the All American. Duran will break Control Seeker from the outside post in a field of six.
The All American lineup, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Gladding, Juan Hernandez rides, 7-5; Duke of Doom, Russell Baze, 6-1; Positive Response, Dennis Carr, 3-1; Fast Track, Eric Camacho, 20-1; Hudson Landing, Frank Alvarado, 4-1; and Control Seeker, Francisco Duran, 6-1. All of the horses carry 123 pounds.
The All American field lost a starter Thursday morning when Slim Pickins, a stablemate of Control Seeker in the Nations barn, was scratched. Slim Pickins will run instead in an allowance race Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
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