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Hudson Landing Wins $100,000 All American By A Nose Over Control Seeker
Hudson Landing, collecting his second Grade 3 stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields this year, got up in the final jump to win the $100,000 All American by a nose Friday over Control Seeker.
Winner of the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on Golden Gate Fields’ turf course in April, Hudson Landing won the 1 1/16-mile All American on the track’s synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
Ridden by Frank Alvarado and trained by Blaine Wright, Hudson Landing was timed in 1:45.31 and paid $9.20 as the third wagering choice in a field of six. Control Seeker took second by three-quarters of a length over 42-1 outsider Fast Track, who finished a neck in front of Positive Response.
“It was an exciting race,” said Alvarado, who had Hudson Landing positioned in third behind front-running favorite Gladding and the stalking Control Seeker through the first six furlongs. “I started riding my horse on the far turn and this horse does not give up. He kept digging and we got the bob.”
While Alvarado found the All American exciting, jockey Francisco Duran, who rode Control Seeker, found the feature to be one of the most frustrating races of his career. That’s because Duran, in the heat of a stretch battle, dropped his whip in midstretch.
“I never do that and I do it in this (expletive) race,” said a visibly shaken Duran after the race. “My horse did his best. I couldn’t ask for anything more from him. I can’t believe I did it in this race of all races.”
Jockey Juan Hernandez, who rode even-money favorite Gladding, was left confused after his mount threw in the towel at the top of the stretch and finished last.
“He was going easy and then at the three-eighths he got tired,” said Hernandez. “I don’t know what happened. He was working really good for this race. Maybe he didn’t like the track.”
Hudson Landing certainly likes the Tapeta track as he improved to 5-for-10 on the surface. Overall, Hudson Landing has 12 victories in 35 career starts and Friday’s payday of $60,000 increased his earnings to $477,388.
Hudson Landing, a 5-year-old gelding by Maria’s Mon, races for the Chappell Alpine Farms of Jared Chappell.
Holiday weekend racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and Sunday. Post time both days is 12:45 p.m.