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Marks Mine Among 11 Fillies Entered In California Oaks
Marks Mine, who led for most of the way in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, is among the 11 fillies entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.
The Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies, is the seventh race on a nine-race card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m.
Marks Mine, who captured the six-furlong Golden Gate Debutante on Dec. 1 at Golden Gate Fields, tried two turns for the first time in the one-mile California Breeders Champion Stakes and finished third. Setting all the pace under jockey Abel Cedillo, Marks Mine led to inside the eighth pole and fought on courageously to the wire but was beaten 1 1/2 lengths by winner Qiaona.
The California Breeders’ Champion Stakes was run on a dirt racetrack listed as wet-fast. The California Oaks will be run on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta track, a surface on which Marks Mine has two wins and a second in three tries.
Marks Mine, a California-bred daughter of Benchmark, has finished in the money in all six of her starts. Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Marks Mine has earned $132,150, easily the top bankroll in the California Oaks field.
Marks Mine is trained by Steve Specht, who will also start My Lil Shamrock in the California Oaks. My Lil Shamrock ran third in the Golden Gate Debutante and most recently finished second in a one-mile allowance/optional claiming race on Jan. 13.
The California Oaks field also features Butterfly Soul, who ran against male rivals in the California Derby on Jan. 12 and finished fourth. Trained by Genaro Vallejo, Butterfly Soul won the Phil D. Shepherd Stakes at Fairplex Park last September.
Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out four fillies in the California Oaks – Jerry’shoneycarol, Revive Me, Macha, and Isadaisybelle. Southern California-based trainer Tom Proctor is shipping in Branding, who won a seven-furlong maiden allowance race in impressive fashion on Jan. 12 at Santa Anita. Sweet Tess, a promising filly from the Keith Nations barn, is another interesting entrant and she’ll have the services of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze.
The California Oaks field, in post position order, is as follows: Sweet Tess, Baze rides; Jerry’shoneycarol, Juan Hernandez; Revive Me, William Antongeorgi, III; Marks Mine, Cedillo; Macha, Catalino Martinez; Lucky Moment, Inoel Beato; Redressthebalance, Christian Santiago Reyes; My Lil Shamrock, Frank Alvarado; Isadaisybelle, Alejandro Gomez; Branding, Julien Couton; and Butterfly Soul, Dennis Carr.
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.