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Shudacudawudya Among Eight Entered In Oakland Stakes
Shudacudawudya, who won his most recent start in dominating fashion, is among the eight horses set to start in the $50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
A six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, the Oakland is the main event on opening weekend of Golden Gate Fields’ 2011 fall meeting. The 36-day season begins Thursday with an eight-race card and post time is 12:45 p.m.
Shudacudawudya returned from a seven-month layoff to score a four-length victory in a six-furlong allowance contest at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 25. The race was a prep for the Oakland and Shudacudawudya came from just off the pace to win the dash in an impressive 1:09.01.
Finishing directly behind Shudacudawudya in the allowance race were: Tribesman, who owns the Golden Gate Fields track record for six furlongs (1:08.32); Our Minesweeper, winner of the 2010 Oakland Stakes; and Skipshot, who captured the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park last year. Tribesman, Our Minesweeper and Skipshot will try Shudacudawudya again Saturday.
Shudacudawudya is a 4-year-old gelding who has recorded five wins and three seconds in nine races at Golden Gate Fields. Owned and bred by Brett Mason, Shudacudawudya is a California-bred son of Marino Marini who has earned $152,216 in 10 career starts.
Shudacudawudya is trained by Lloyd Mason, Brett’s father, and will be ridden in the Oakland by his regular pilot, jockey Francisco Duran. Shudacudawudya will break from post four.
The field for the Oakland Stakes, in post position order, is as follows: Sourdough Sam, David Lopez rides; Our Minesweeper, Leonel Camacho-Flores; Quick Enough, Abel Cedillo; Shudacudawudya, Duran; Starboardlights, Aaron Gryder; Tribesman, Inoel Beato; Skipshot, Frank Alvarado; and Hexbreaker, Russell Baze. All of the starters carry 123 pounds.
The Oakland is the featured eighth race on a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m., and don’t be surprised to see some dogs at the track Saturday as Golden Gate Fields is hosting “Dogtoberfest.” Fans can bring their canine friends to Golden Gate Fields for “Dogtoberfest” and sample fine brews in the Oktoberfest beer garden located near the winner’s circle. Gates open at 10 a.m.