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Victory Drought Ends For Floating Feather
Winless in 12 races in 2013, Floating Feather made his first start of 2014 Thursday at Golden Gate Fields and earned a hard-fought victory in the $38,565 sprint feature.
Floating Feather, responding to steady left-handed urging from jockey Russell Baze, outran his five rivals down the lane to win the six-furlong allowance race for older horses by 1 1/4 lengths.
Jackson Road, ridden by Frank Alvarado, took second by a head over Full Instinct and jockey Dennis Carr.
Despite owning a 14-race losing streak, Floating Feather was the even-money favorite and paid $4.20 after collecting his first victory since Sept. 5, 2012, when he scored at Del Mar.
Floating Feather went into Thursday’s race having finished in the money in his five previous outings, and he was coming off a solid runner-up try on Dec. 14. Genaro Vallejo trains Floating Feather, who was timed in 1:10.64.
Floating Feather, a 6-year-old gelding by Lucky Pulpit, has nine wins in 38 career starts and 22 in-the-money finishes. Owned in partnership by Paul Girdner and Reginald Jones, Idaho-bred Floating Feather has earned $260,314.
Baze kicked off the new racing week with a riding triple. In addition to winning the opener with Floating Feather, Baze captured the sixth race with Shaun Washington ($5.40) and the seventh with Roving Storm ($5.40).
Jerry Hollendorfer, who conditions Shaun Washington and Roving Storm, and William E. Morey both had training doubles. Morey recorded his victories with Toomuchisnotenough ($3.20) in the third race and Mahogany Ridge ($5.00) in the fifth.