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Shudacudawudya Makes Triumphant Return To Races
Shudacudawudya made a triumphant return to the races Thursday when he rallied from just off the pace to win the $47,120 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields.
Making his first start since recovering from a fracture in a hind leg, Shudacudawudya unleashed a strong stretch kick to win the six-furlong allowance contest by three-quarters of a length over Our Minesweeper.
Shudacudawudya, trained by Lloyd Mason and ridden by Francisco Duran, was timed in 1:10.29 and paid $12.20 to win and $18.80 to place. Our Minesweeper paid $19.60 to place. Show wagering was not offered since only four horses competed in the feature.
The large place prices resulted from the failure of 3-to-5 favorite Restless Youth to finish in the exacta. The place pool for the race was $43,920 and $37,803 of it was bet on Restless Youth, who finished last after leading to midstretch.
Shudacudawudya sustained his injury while running fourth in the 2010 California Derby. The 4-year-old colt recorded a series of strong workouts for his comeback race and the training paid off with a victory that was worth $31,200 to his owner, Brett Mason. Brett is the son of Lloyd Mason.
Shudacudawudya, a California-bred son of Marino Marini, has four wins, two seconds and a third in eight career starts and $116,336.
Racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields Friday. Post time for the eight-race card is 12:45 p.m.