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Zeewat Will Try A Mile In Gold Rush Stakes
Zeewat has won a stakes race sprinting and Saturday he’ll try to prove he can win one going around two turns when he competes in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Gold Rush is a one-mile race for 2-year-olds and Zeewat enters the contest with a record that features two wins and a third from four starts. The second of the two victories came in the six-furlong Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa and the third-place finish was recorded in the six-furlong Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Golden Nugget was run Nov. 10 and following the race trainer Jerry Hollendorfer stated, “I really think that Zeewat will be a horse that wants to go a distance.”
Zeewat will be ridden by jockey Russell Baze when he stretches out in distance in the Gold Rush, a race that serves as a steppingstone to the $100,000 California Derby on
Jan. 12. The California Derby is a 1 1/16-mile race.
Zeewat is the lone entrant in the Gold Rush for Hollendorfer, who originally planned to run both Zeewat and Golden Nugget winner Outside Nashville in the race. Unfortunately, Outside Nashville came down with a virus following his Golden Nugget win and is still recuperating, according to Hollendorfer.
Zeewat, a Pennsylvania-bred colt by Harlan’s Holiday, cost $50,000 as a yearling and has made $72,700 in his four races. Zeewat is owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and George Todaro.
Zeewat will face five opponents in the Gold Rush, the third race on a nine-race program. First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Gold Rush is 1:45 p.m.
The field for the Gold Rush, in post position order, is as follows: Royal Barrister, Edwin Maldonado rides; Condiment, Julien Couton; My Best Bet, Dennis Carr; Zeewat, Baze; Londinium, Alejandro Gomez; and Rush In, Frank Alvarado. All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.
Holendorfer will watch the Gold Rush Stakes via simulcast as he’ll be at Hollywood Park Saturday to send out several horses, including Lady of Fifty in the Grade 2 $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap and Scarlet Strike in the Grade 1 $500,000 Hollywood Starlet.
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