Creston Farm's Reba's Gold, on the sidelines for six months, made his return a successful one with an eight-length triumph in Monday's $100,000 Seabiscuit Handicap (gr. III) at Bay Meadows.
With Chance Rollins replacing Ron Warren for trainer Dan Hendricks, Reba's Gold took back early but came rolling with a four-wide move on the far turn to pull away with the easiest of victories over his five rivals. Time for the 1 1/16-mile Seabiscuit, formerly known as the All American Handicap, was 1:41 3/5. Free Corona was second by a nose over Truly A Judge.
Metatron, the 3-1 second choice, finished last. Bonus Pay Day was scratched.
Rollins moved early on the son of Slew o'Gold and the 6-year-old bay horse responded by drawing off quickly and winning with little urging. I'madrifter set the early pace with Truly A Judge and Metatron tracking through splits of :22 1/5, :45 and 1:09 4/5.
The victory was worth $55,000 to Jeopardy game show host Alex Trebek, who owns Creston Farms. Reba's Gold, who was ninth in the Japan Cup (Jap-I) in his last start on Nov. 23, won for the eighth time in 30 career starts. He now boasts career earnings of $566,922.
Reba's Gold paid $6, $3.60 and $2.60. Free Corona returned $4.80 and $3. Truly A Judge showed for $2.60. The $2 exacta was worth $29.
Mereworth Farm in Kentucky bred the winner.