Hudson Landing Wires Fields On Turf; Florida Derby Simulcast Sunday

Hudson Landing Wires Fields On Turf; Florida Derby Simulcast Sunday

     Hudson Landing, receiving a strong ride from jockey Frank Alvarado, pulled off a wire-to-wire victory in the $39,900 turf feature at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  

     Hudson Landing bested a very tough field – seven of the eight entrants owned stakes victories – in winning the one-mile allowance race by a length over 56-to-1 longshot Posse Power.  Awesome Gem, winner of the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup, finished third.

     Hudson Landing, trained by William E. Morey, stopped the timer in 1:37.14 while improving his record on the Lakeside Turf Course to 3-for-3.  The 2-to-1 second choice in the wagering, Hudson Landing paid $6.40.

     A 4-year-old gelding by Maria’s Mon, Hudson Landing earned $23,400 and has made $169,744 in 17 career starts.  Hudson Landing is owned in partnership by Gene Guelfo, Franklin Lindstrom, and Roger and Cindy Newman.

     Meteore, the 7-to-5 favorite, fractured his right front ankle going into the first turn and had to be euthanized.  

     Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race program Sunday and also simulcast a very important Kentucky Derby prep – the $1 million Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. and Golden Gate Fields is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs and $1 sodas.

      The Grade 1 Florida Derby has produced 21 Kentucky Derby winners in its 59-year history.  This year’s edition of the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds features a talented cast of eight, headed by Fountain of Youth Stakes winner Soldat.

     The Florida Derby will be run at approximately 2:42 p.m. and the field for the feature is as follows: Soldat, Alan Garcia rides, 9-to-5 on the morning line; To Honor and Serve, Garrett Gomez, 4-to-1; Arch Traveler, Jose Lezcano, 20-to-1; Bowman’s Causeway, Paco Lopez, 20-to-1; Shackleford, Jesus Castanon, 20-to-1; Stay Thirsty, Ramon Dominguez, 8-to-1; Dialed In, Julien Leparoux, 2-to-1; and Flashpoint, Cornelio Velasquez, 6-to-1.