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Redressthebalance Scores 10-1 Upset In California Oaks
Irish-bred Redressthebalance made her first U.S. victory a memorable one when she rallied from sixth in a field 10 to win the $53,550 California Oaks by a half-length under jubilant jockey Christian Santiago Reyes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Redressthebalance got up in the final in yards to defeat 8-5 favorite Marks Mine, who ran a very big race in defeat. Marks Mine, who 14 days earlier had run third in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita, set a brisk pace in the Oaks while refusing to relax for jockey Abel Cedillo but fought hard to the wire to finish second.
The Oaks featured a blanket finish for the minor awards as Marks Mine took second by a nose over Sweet Tess, who took third by a head over Macha, who finished a neck in front of Butterfly Soul.
Redressthebalance is based in Southern California and trained by Doug O’Neill. The Oaks marked the third U.S. start for Redressthebalance, who went 2-for-7 racing in Great Britain and France last year.
“The trainer told me to stay behind and make one move,” said Reyes, who celebrated his first Golden Gate Fields stakes win by raising his whip even before crossing the wire. “I just wanted to get her in position and then wait, wait, wait. When I asked her, my filly responded. I’m very happy.”
Redressthebalance had failed to threaten in two races in Southern California and was dismissed at 10-1 in the Oaks. Redressthebalance paid $23.60 after winning the
1 1/16-mile Oaks in 1:45.40.
Owned in partnership by Rutherford Group, Ltd., Joel Meredith and Richard Pegum, Redressthebalance earned $30,550 for the Oaks victory.
Marks Mine, a confirmed front-runner, didn’t like seeing 66-1 Revive Me take the early lead and went after the longshot on the backstretch.
“I tried to get her to relax a little bit but when she saw that filly in front of her she wanted to go,” said Cedillo. “I had to let her go (instead of fighting her). She tried hard, she just got a little tired at the end. Every race she tries hard.”
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.
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