Southern California shipper Gladding will attempt to overcome a five-month absence as the favorite for the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 23 at Golden Gate Fields.
A grade II winner from the powerful John Sadler barn, Gladding was made the 7-5 pick from a seven-horse field for the 1 1/16-mile event over Golden Gate's Tapeta main track. He drew the rail.
Gladding has not raced since venturing north July 1 to capture the Alamedan Handicap at Pleasanton in front-running fashion by 6 1/2 lengths. The 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Sarava was shipped to the northwest for the Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) Aug. 19 at Emerald Downs but came down with a fever, necessitating his withdrawal.
Sadler returned Gladding to training at Santa Anita Park in mid-September and the dark bay has worked steadily since then, most recently turning in a five-furlong move Nov. 18 in 1:01 4/5, handily. Jockey Juan Hernandez, who guided Gladding to his runaway victory at Pleasanton, will be back aboard the gelding in the All American.
Owned by the C R K Stable of Lee and Susan Searing, Gladding posted the biggest win of his career Feb. 6, 2011, when he won the San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. Gladding will enter the All American with a record that features four wins, four seconds, and a third in 17 career starts and $254,160 in earnings.
Positive Response returns to the main track after posting an allowance win at one mile on turf Oct. 28 for trainer and co-owner William E. "Billy" Morey. He came from 12 lengths off the pace at the mid-point to win by 2 1/4.
The 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Pomeroy finished first in Golden Gate's Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) in May but was disqualified for interference in the stretch and placed fourth. Listed at 3-1 in the All American, Positive Response was second to Gladding in the Alamedan.
Morey also entered T N T Racing's Duke of Doom, who makes his graded stakes debut and is 6-1 on the morning line.
Dennis Carr is back aboard Positive Response while Morey tabbed Russell Baze for Duke of Doom.
Chappell Alpine Farms' Hudson Landing (4-1) won the San Francisco Mile (gr. IIIT) on the turf in April and was most recently third behind Positive Response and Duke of Doom in the Oct. 28 allowance. Blaine Wright trains the 5-year-old son of Maria's Mon, to be ridden by Frank Alvarado.
Hudson Landing leads the All American field in earnings with $417,388, while winning 11 of 34 lifetime starts.
Control Seeker steps into graded company for trainer Keith Nations off a three-race win streak. The 6-year-old went gate to wire to capture the Bull Dog Handicap at Fresno in his most recent start Oct. 14.
$100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III, Race 7, 3:45 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (All Weather)
PP. Horse, Jockey Trainer, ML Odds
1. Gladding (FL), J J Hernandez, J W Sadler, 7/5
2. Duke of Doom (FL), R A Baze, W E Morey, 6/1
3. Positive Response (FL), D Carr, W E Morey, 3/1
4. Fast Track (KY), E Camacho, J B Josephson, 20/1
5. Hudson Landing (KY), F T Alvarado, B D Wright, 4/1
6. Slim Pickins (KY), J Couton, K Nations, 15/1
7. Control Seeker (CA), F Duran, K Nations, 6/1
All carry 123 pounds.