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Hudson Landing Gunning For Rare Feat In San Francisco Mile
Hudson Landing will try to become only the second horse in the history of the San Francisco Mile to win the race in back-to-back years when he faces nine rivals in the 63rd running of the feature Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
The Grade 3 $100,000 SF Mile, Northern California’s top turf contest, is the sixth race on a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m. Post time the SF Mile, which kicks off the $100,000-guaranteed All Grass Late Pick 4, is 3:20 p.m.
Battle Dance is the only horse to score back-to-back victories in the SF Mile, a feat he accomplished in 1957-1958 under jockey Henry Moreno for trainer J. H. Boyce.
The only other horse to win the SF Mile twice is the Buster Millerick-trained Native Diver, who won the race in 1963 under jockey Bill Shoemaker and again in 1967 under jockey Jerry Lambert.
Hudson Landing, trained by Blaine Wright, rallied from off the pace to upset 1-2 favorite Jeranimo by a half-length in the 2012 SF Mile. Hudson Landing was ridden by Juan Hernandez, who will be back aboard the 6-year-old gelding Saturday.
Hudson Landing, who also won the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last year, has finished third in two starts this year and thus is a big price on the SF Mile morning line at 10-1.
Hernandez and Russell Baze, who rides lukewarm 3-1 favorite Summer Hit, are the only jockeys in Saturday’s SF Mile with a prior win in the race. Baze won the 2010 SF Mile aboard Bold Chieftain.
In addition to Wright, there are three other trainers competing Saturday that have had prior success in the SF Mile – Hall of Famers Richard Mandella, Jerry Hollendorfer and Neil Drysdale. Mandella and Hollendorfer have won the SF Mile twice.
Mandella, who will send out Grand Berry Saturday, won the SF Mile in 1981 with Opus Dei and in 2001 with Redattore. Hollendorfer, who will saddle Summer Hit, won the stakes in 2003 with Ninebanks and in 2011 with Our Nautique. Drysdale, who will be represented by Charlemagne Wood, recorded his SF Mile win in 1998 with Hawksley Hill.
The field for the SF Mile, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Tigah, Alonso Quinonez, 7-2; Grand Berry, Alejandro Gomez, 15-1; Hudson Landing, Hernandez, 10-1; Tribal Tribute, Frank Alvarado, 15-1; Barney Rebel, Saul Arias, 6-1; Summer Hit, Baze, 3-1; Gallant Son, Dennis Carr, 9-2; Coach Bob, William Antongeorgi III, 12-1; Control Seeker, Francisco Duran, 8-1; and Charlemagne Wood, Abel Cedillo, 15-1. All of the starters carry 122 pounds.
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