Trio Of Stakes-Winners Among Cast Of Six Entered In Albany

Trio Of Stakes-Winners Among Cast Of Six Entered In Albany

     Stakes-winners Gig Harbor, Sourdough Sam and Shudacudawudya are among the six horses entered in the $50,000-added Albany Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Albany is a six-furlong contest for older horses that will be run Saturday.  The feature is eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the Albany is 4:22 p.m.

     Gig Harbor, a 4-year-old colt who has three wins and a third in four career races, will be making his first start since he captured the Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last May.  Although the Alcatraz was a one-mile turf event, Gig Harbor is a proven sprinter who is 2-for-2 racing six furlongs at Golden Gate Fields.

     Veteran trainer Steve Specht trains Gig Harbor for his longtime client, Danny O’Neill of San Francisco.
   
     Sourdough Sam and Shudacudawudya ran one-two in the six-furlong Oakland Stakes on Oct. 22.  Sourdough Sam rallied from last in a field of eight to win the Oakland by
1 1/4 lengths over Shudacudawudya in 1:09.68.  

     Sourdough Sam, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Dean Pederson, has five wins in nine career starts and does his best work at Golden Gate Fields, where he is 4-for-5 with a second.   The second-place finish was to Shudacudawudya in the 2009 Golden Nugget Stakes.  

     Lloyd Mason trains Shudacudawudya, a 5-year-old gelding who has been victorious in six of his 12 races.  Shudacudawudya followed up his runner-up effort in the Oakland with an impressive four-length victory in a six-furlong allowance race on Nov. 19.

     Mason will have two runners in the Oakland as he’ll also saddle Soldiers Point, a 4-year-old colt who has three wins and a second in six starts.  Soldiers Point will try to bounce back from his most recent outing on Jan. 16 when he ran last as the 8-to-5 favorite in a six-furlong allowance dash.

     The Albany lineup also includes Live Sundays, the leading money winn
222er in the field with earnings of $247,520, and Reagan Republican, who ran second to Soldiers Point in an allowance sprint on Nov. 26.

     The field for the Albany, in post position order with riders and weight assignments, is as follows: Live Sundays, Russell Baze, 117; Shudacudawudya, Francisco Duran, 123; Sourdough Sam, David Lopez, 121; Reagan Republican, Leslie Mawing, 117; Soldier Point, Abel Cedillo, 116; and Gig Harbor, Frank Alvarado, 116.