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Gallant Son Romps In Oakland Stakes
The 7-year-old horse Gallant Son collected his eighth career stakes victory Saturday when he humbled eight opponents in the $50,850 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Always within striking distance while racing behind dueling leaders Moonshine Bay, Ain’t No Other and Coach Bob, Gallant Son shot through an opening along the rail entering the stretch and went on to win the six-furlong feature by 2 1/2 lengths.
The stretch-running gelding Administer took second by a half-length over Moonshine Bay while Ain’t No Other, the 7-5 favorite, weakened in the stretch and checked in fifth.
Gallant Son, ridden by Isaias Enriquez and trained by Frank Lucarelli, clocked a fine time of 1:09.03 and paid $13.40 after being dismissed as the third choice in the wagering.
“It was the perfect trip,” said Enriquez. “He broke on top and I took a hold. When those horses got out in front of him I said, ‘Wow, this is perfect.’ We got through on the rail and when I asked him, he re-broke in the stretch. He was very powerful today.
“He’s a nice horse, an old pro that knows what to do,” continued Enriquez. “Frank has done a great job keeping him fit and happy.”
“He’s always been a good horse and he’s beaten a lot of good horses,” said Lucarelli. “And he’s still got some run in him. He usually runs gangbusters three or four times and then tails off. So we give him some time off, send him to the farm, bring him back in good spots like this and he enjoys it.”
Gallant Son has three wins, a second and two thirds in six starts this year. The Kentucky-bred son of Malabar Gold has 10 wins, five seconds and five thirds in 37 career starts and the Oakland payday of $30,550 boosted his earnings to $508,078.
Gallant Son is owned in partnership by Randall and Rossi, LLC.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.