Lucky Culprit Favored In Gold Rush Stakes At GGF

Lucky Culprit Favored In Gold Rush Stakes At GGF

     The impressive maiden winner Lucky Culprit has been made the 2-to-1 morning line favorite in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Gold Rush, a one-mile contest for 2-year-olds, attracted a field of six.  Lucky Culprit will be ridden by Russell Baze and break from post position five.

     Lucky Culprit finished second in his career debut on Oct. 30 and then came back to score a smart victory in a six-furlong maiden allowance contest on Nov. 20.  Lucky Culprit rallied from fourth in a field eight to win by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:09.85.

     Lucky Culprit is trained by William E. Morey, who won the 2010 Gold Rush with Positive Response.  A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, Lucky Culprit is owned by Robomar Racing Stables and Michael Nentwig.

     Rated behind Lucky Culprit on the morning line are Blacky the Bull (3-to-1), who broke his maiden at Santa Anita and most recently finished eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs, and Marshal Marini (7-to-2), who has placed in three stakes.
     The Gold Rush field, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Blacky the Bull, Kevin Krigger, 3-to-1; Squid, Frank Alvarado, 8-to-1; Cahill Chrome, Juan Hernandez, 6-to-1; Russian Greek, Inoel Beato, 5-to-1; Lucky Culprit, Russell Baze, 2-to-1; and Marshall Marini, Abel Cedillo, 7-to-2.

     The Gold Rush is the third race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.   Post time for the Gold Rush is 1:47 p.m.

     Goggles McCoy Romps  --  Goggles McCoy broke on top and never looked back en route to recording a convincing 3 1/4-length victory in the $26,880 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.  

     Goggles McCoy, ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Steve Sherman, ran six furlongs in 1:09.45 and paid $3.20 as the 3-to-5 favorite in a field of five.  Restless Youth easily took second by three lengths over Western Mood.

     Goggles McCoy, owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shapiro, earned $17,280 for his seventh victory in 12 career starts.  Friday’s payday boosted the 4-year-old gelding’s earnings to $222,174.

      Goggles McCoy was entered for a claiming price of $25,000 but there were no buyers.  Evening Island, who finished fourth in the race, was claimed by trainer Andy Mathis for his client, Desert Sun Stables.