Nor Cal Trainers Hoping To Score Upsets In Sunshine Millions Saturday

Nor Cal Trainers Hoping To Score Upsets In Sunshine Millions Saturday

     Northern California trainers Jeff Bonde, Steve Specht and Jerry Hollendorfer are all hoping to score major upsets in the Sunshine Millions Saturday.

     A bicoastal event, the Sunshine Millions consists of six rich stakes races that are restricted to horses bred in California and Florida.  Three of the races are run at Santa Anita in Southern California and three are run at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

     All of the Sunshine Millions races will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields.  The post times for the races are as follows: $250,000 Filly and Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park,
1:16 p.m.; $300,000 Filly and Mare Turf at Gulfstream Park, 1:51 p.m.; $200,000 Sprint at Santa Anita, 2:03 p.m.; $500,000 Classic at Gulfstream Park, 2:26 p.m., $300,000 Turf at Santa Anita, 2:34 p.m.; and $300,000 Distaff at Santa Anita, 3:05 p.m.

    Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card Saturday and the track has scheduled a special early post time of 12:15 p.m. for the local program.  

     Bonde will send out Excessive Passion in the Sprint and the 4-year-old colt is the longest shot on the morning line at 15-to-1.  Excessive Passion has won three of his five career starts – including two sprint stakes – but hasn’t raced since last May.  Russell Baze will ride Excessive Passion.

     Specht will saddle Antares World and Lady Railrider in the Distaff and his runners are 10-to-1 and 12-to-1, respectively, on the morning line.  Antares World and Lady Railrider are both multiple stakes-winners and their trainer has already proven he can blow up the tote board in the Sunshine Millions.  Specht captured the Classic in 2007 with 33-to-1 McCann’s Mojave, who paid $69.80 to win.  

     Jockey Frank Alvarado, who rides Antares World, guided McCann’s Mojave to his shocking win.  Lady Railrider will have the services of Baze.

     Hollendorfer will start Honour the Deputy, a 4-year-old gelding he recently purchased, in the Classic.  A winner of three of his four career starts, Honour the Deputy will make his stakes debut in the Classic and is 12-to-1 on the morning line.  John Velazquez will ride Honour the Deputy.

     GGF NOTES:  Baze won three races Friday.  Baze took the first with Big Cozz ($2.60), the fourth with Fire Glow ($3.20) and the sixth with Mallinson Road ($9.20).