Positive Response Favored On Gold Rush Stakes Morning Line

Positive Response Favored On Gold Rush Stakes Morning Line

     Positive results are expected from Positive Response in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Positive Response is a 2-to-1 favorite on the morning line to win the Gold Rush, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds.  The Gold Rush, scheduled to be run at 3:45 p.m., is the seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

     Positive Response has two wins and a third in four career starts and is coming off a 3 1/2-length victory in a one-mile allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 10.  The allowance contest marked Positive Response’s first try around two turns and the gelding responded with a wire-to-wire score that earned him a solid Beyer Speed Figure of 87, easily the top figure in the Gold Rush field.

     Positive Response is trained by William E. Morey and will be ridden for the first time Saturday by jockey Julien Couton.  Positive Response will be break from post position three in the field of eight.

     Jockey Frank Alvarado, who guided Positive Response to his allowance victory, has opted to ride Luckarack in the Gold Rush Stakes.  The 3-to-1 second choice on the morning line, Luckarack has won a pair of sprint stakes but is 0-for-2 in races around two turns.

     Luckarack, trained by Steve Specht, has been victorious in three of his five career starts.  A California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, Luckarack most recently finished fourth in the 1 1/16-mile California Cup Juvenile at Hollywood Park on Oct. 30.

     The third choice in the Gold Rush at 4-to-1 is Grand Maneuver, a colt by Grand Slam who has won three straight races while competing at three different tracks.  Grand Maneuver broke his maiden in a 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt at Fairplex Park, captured a seven-furlong starter allowance race on the synthetic racing surface at Hollywood Park, and scored a one-length victory in a one-mile allowance race on the turf at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Grand Maneuver is trained by Danny Velasquez and will be ridden by Leslie Mawing.

     The field for the Gold Rush Stakes, in post position order with riders and morning line odds, is as follows: Eddie Coddana, Francisco Duran, 20-to-1; Luckarack, Alvarado, 3-to-1; Positive Response, Couton, 2-to-1; Runaway Wildcat, Juan Hernandez, 15-to-1; Grand Maneuver, Mawing, 4-to-1; Rule He Must, Hector Romero, 10-to-1; Mr. Candy Bar, Russell Baze, 8-to-1; and King Cola, Chad Schvaneveldt, 9-to-2.  All of the starters will carry 119 pounds.