In search of a victory, grade I winner Interpatation invades Northern California from New York for the $100,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 26, the richest race of the autumn meet at Golden Gate Fields.
The race, on the Tapeta main track, would be the first start on a synthetic racing surface for Interpatation, who has competed on turf in all but four of his 58 lifetime races. The millionaire 8-year-old gelding, trained by Jeffrey Metz for owner Elliot Mavorah, has not won since his 43-1 shocker in the 2009 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
Interpatation has not finished in the money in eight consecutive races since that win. The Kentucky-bred son of Langfuhr comes into the All American off a closing sixth in an optional claiming allowance event on a good turf course at Belmont Oct. 29.
The All American was returned to the stakes schedule at Golden Gate following a one-year hiatus in 2009. It is the eighth race on the program with a 4:15 p.m. PST post.
Chris Russell acquired the mount aboard Interpatation, who drew the rail. There are seven rivals for Interpatation in the 1 1/8-mile All American.
Cigar Man ships in from Southern California for trainer Vladimir Cerin after being freshened following a busy spring and summer campaign. The 5-year-old Florida-bred son of Drewman has raced just once since winning an optional claimer on Del Mar's Polytrack Aug. 21. He finished fifth in the Ralph M. Hinds Memorial Handicap at Fairplex Park Sept. 26.
Frankfurt Stable's Massone has won just twice in 24 lifetime starts, but the 4-year-old Menifee colt is usually quite competitive at this level for trainer Steve Specht. He became familiar with the Tapeta surface in his last start, an off-the-turf allowance heat in which he finished second to All American entrant Our Nautique by 1 3/4 lengths.
The latter, from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn, has won his last two starts and three of his last four, though the other races were on turf. The New Zealand-bred 5-year-old is making his stakes debut.
Autism Awareness won the Berkeley Handicap (gr. III) on the track at 1 1/16 miles in May 2009 but is winless in eight starts since. He comes off a third in the Bulldog Stakes at Fresno Oct. 17.
Washington-bred Slew the Man, one of two 3-year-olds in the All American field, ran second in the Bulldog. He won the Chinook Pass for state-breds at Emerald Downs Sept. 12 by three lengths. Russell Baze rides for trainer Jeff Bonde.
$100,000 All american Stakes (gr. III, Race 8, 4:15 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Synthetic)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Interpatation (KY), C Russell, 123, J Metz
2. Saratoga Boot (AR), F Duran, 120, T McCanna
3. Our Nautique (NZ), L Mawing, 123, J Hollendorfer
4. Cigar Man (FL), J J Hernandez, 123, V Cerin
5. Hot Chaco (CA), C P Schvaneveldt, 123, C J Jenda
6. Autism Awareness (CA), D G Lopez, 123, G Vallejo
7. Massone (KY), F T Alvarado, 123, S Specht
8. Slew the Man (WA), R A Baze, 120, J Bonde