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Gladding Installed 7-5 Favorite In $100,000 All American Stakes
Gladding, a Grade 2 stakes-winner from the powerful John Sadler barn, has been made the morning-line favorite in the $100,000 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
A Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds and up and the premier event of the fall meeting, the All American will be run Friday. Golden Gate Fields price maker Steve Martinelli made Gladding the 7-5 favorite in a field of seven.
Gladding is based at Santa Anita and was last seen on July 1, when he made a successful road trip to Pleasanton and captured the Alamedan Handicap by 6 1/2 lengths.
Jockey Juan Hernandez guided Gladding to his runaway victory and he’ll be back aboard the 5-year-old gelding in the All American.
Owned by the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing, Gladding posted the biggest win of his career on Feb. 6, 2011, when he won the Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita. Gladding will enter the All American with a record that features four wins, four seconds, and a third in 17 career starts and $254,160 in earnings.
The All American field, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Gladding, Hernandez, 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; Slim Pickins, Julien Couton, 15-1; and Control Seeker, Francisco Duran, 6-1. All of the starters will carry 123 pounds.
Gig Harbor Wins Sprint Feature -- Gig Harbor, making his second start following a long layoff, led from start to finish in the $37,940 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Ridden by Frank Alvarado and trained by Steve Specht, Gig Harbor won the six-furlong allowance race by 3 1/2 lengths over 4-5 favorite Shudacudawudya in an impressive 1:09.26. Cardiffbythesea finished third and was followed across the wire by Passing Game and Starboardlights.
Gig Harbor, who is 3-for-4 racing six furlongs on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta racing surface, paid $12.40 as the third choice in the wagering. The winner of the 2011 Alcatraz Stakes, Gig Harbor is owned by Daniel O’Neill of San Francisco.
Early Start For Thanksgiving Day Racing Program -- Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and there is a special early post time of 11:15 a.m. for the eight-race holiday program. All gates open at 9:30 a.m.
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.