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Positive Response Gets First Turf Victory
Positive Response, the 2011 California Derby winner, recorded his first turf victory Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he charged from off the pace to capture the $36,150 allowance feature by 2 1/4 lengths.
Positive Response, trained by William E. Morey and ridden by Dennis Carr, won the one-mile main event for 3-year-olds and up in 1:36.57 and paid $14.40 as a 6-1 overlay in the betting.
Duke of Doom, ridden by Russell Baze, took second by a neck over 2-1 favorite Hudson Landing and jockey Frank Alvarado.
The victory was Positive Response’s first since he captured the John Battaglia Stakes at Turfway Park in Kentucky on March 5, 2011. Positive Response crossed the wire first in the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields in May but was disqualified from the win and placed fourth for drifting in and causing interference in deep stretch.
Positive Response is owned in partnership by Morey, Ray Pagano, Roger Newman and Saul Gevertz. A gelded son of Pomeroy, Positive Response has six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 18 career starts and Sunday’s payday of $21,000 boosted his earnings to $286,533.
Positive Response and other competitors in Sunday’s race are likely to make their next start in the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes, which will be run Friday, Nov. 23, at Golden Gate Fields.
Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
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.