Silver Stetson Man is 2-to-1 Favorite in Oakland Stakes

Silver Stetson Man is 2-to-1 Favorite in Oakland Stakes

     Silver Stetson Man, who won the Governor’s Cup Handicap at Fairplex Park as a 2-to-1 favorite, is a 2-to-1 choice on the morning line to capture the $50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Oakland is a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a strong field of six.  The feature is the eighth race on a nine-race “Dogtoberfest” program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

     People are invited to bring their dogs to the track Saturday for “Dogtoberfest,” an event benefiting the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society.  “Dogtoberfest” activities include games for dogs and a beer garden for fans.  Golden Gate Fields will give away a jockey boot pint glass to every patron attending the races with a paid admission.

    Silver Stetson Man’s owner, Mike Pegram, is known to enjoy a cold beer and he hopes to be toasting an Oakland victory Saturday afternoon.  Silver Stetson Man gave his owner the opportunity to enjoy a celebratory drink on Sept. 22 when he romped home by two lengths in the 6 1/2-furlong Governor’s Cup.

     Bob Baffert trains Silver Stetson Man and he is sending Southern California-based jockey Martin Pedroza to Golden Gate Fields to pilot his 6-year-old gelding.  A Kentucky-bred son of Silver Charm, Silver Stetson Man has five victories, two seconds and four thirds in 17 career starts.

     Restless Youth and Summer Excess are the second and third choices on the Oakland morning line at 5-to-2 and 3-to-1, respectively.
     Restless Youth, trained by Roger Hansen, won the six-furlong Sam J. Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton in July and is coming off an impressive victory in a six-furlong allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 10.   Owned by Kjell H. Qvale, Restless Youth is a 7-year-old gelding who has won 10 of his 31 career starts and $351,642.

     Summer Excess is a razor sharp 3-year-old gelding that has won four straight races for trainer Bud Klokstad.  Owned by Klokstad’s wife, Billie, and Helen Sherry, Summer Excess is 3-for-4 on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta racing surface.

     Jeranimo, who posted an 11-to-1 upset in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita last February, is listed at 9-to-2 in the Oakland.  Trained by Michael Pender and owned by B. J. Wright, Jeranimo will be making his first start since March 6, when he finished fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.

     The Oakland field is completed by Live Sundays at 6-to-1 and Our Minesweeper at 12-to-1.  Live Sundays finished second, beaten less than a length by Restless Youth, in the Sept. 10 allowance race at Golden Gate Fields.  Our Minesweeper is a multiple stakes-winner who will be making his first start following a five-month layoff.