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Marks Mine Lukewarm 7-2 Favorite In Wide Open California Oaks
The speedy Marks Mine is a lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite in the $50,000-added California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted a well-matched field of 11.
Golden Gate Fields is presenting the Oaks as the seventh race on Saturday’s nine-race program. First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oaks is 3:50 p.m.
Marks Mine, trained by Steve Specht, is coming off a third-place finish in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 26. Winner of the Golden Gate Debutante, Marks Mine has finished in the money in all six of her starts and tops the Oaks field in earnings with $132,150.
Jockey Abel Cedillo will ride Marks Mine, who will break from post position four.
The 4-1 second choice on the morning line is Branding, who broke her maiden impressively in a seven-furlong race at Santa Anita on Jan. 12. Branding is trained by Tom Proctor and will break from post 10 under jockey Julien Couton.
Butterfly Soul, who faced male rivals in the California Derby on Jan. 12 and finished fourth in the feature, is the third choice in the Oaks at 9-2. Trained by Genaro Vallejo, Butterfly Soul will break from the outside post under jockey Dennis Carr.
The field for the California Oaks, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Sweet Tess, Russell Baze, 6-1; Jerry’shoneycarol, Juan Hernandez, 15-1; Revive Me, William Antongeorgi, III, 30-1; Marks Mine, Cedillo, 7-2; Macha, Catalino Martinez, 20-1; Lucky Moment, Inoel Beato, 6-1; Redressthebalance, Christian Santiago Reyes, 8-1; My Lil Shamrock, Frank Alvarado, 6-1; Isadaisybelle, Alejandro Gomez, 30-1; Branding, Couton, 4-1; and Butterfly Soul, Carr, 9-2.
30 Nominated To El Camino Real Derby – Thirty 3-year-olds have been nominated to Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep race – the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, which will be run Saturday, Feb. 16, at Golden Gate Fields.
A 1 1/8-mile race, the El Camino Real Derby is part of the “Kentucky Derby Prep Season” and will award 10 points to the race winner, four points to the runner-up, two points to the third-place finisher, and one point to the fourth-place finisher. Point totals amassed from official Derby preps will determine who gets in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The following horses are nominated to the El Camino Real Derby: Appealing Tale, Avare, Brokered, Butterfly Soul, Carving, Champion Boy, China Prince, Cohiba Cat, Condiment, Counting Days, Curly Top, Demonic, Den’s Legacy, Dice Flavor, Ebony Gold, Greeley Awesome, Hear the Ghost, Hunger, Little Distorted, Little Jerry, Manando, Mudflats, Nina’s Dragon, North Pacific, Rush In, Saint Prado, Tiz a Minister, Weewinnin, Wildcat Moon, and Zeewat.
The field for the El Camino Real Derby will be drawn Wednesday morning.
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.