Harris Farms' homebred Super High won for the first time since November 2002, edging away to a 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Work The Crowd Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
It was a sweet victory for owner John Harris, who also campaigned Work The Crowd. The 5-year-old Super High, who was on the shelf for more than eight months before returning to action this summer, completed the one-mile test for California-bred older fillies and mares in 1:36 on a wet fast track with Chance Rollins aboard. Super High had lost six consecutive races.
Carla Gaines trains winner, who is by High Brite-Image of Super (by Zanthe).
Super High was able to avoid getting into a speed duel, settling into second behind the pacesetting Marty's Zee, who went :22 3/5 and :46. Super High took over leaving the half-mile pole and turned back a bid from Amber Hills on the final turn, going on to complete an impressive effort. Amber Hills was a half-length in front of Fancee Bargain.
Tucked Away, the 3-2 choice in the field of six, finished fifth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths, after showing no early speed.
Super High had been winless since taking the Cal Cup Matron by 2 1/2 lengths 14 months ago. She was injured in her next start, the Cat's Cradle, and went to the sidelines. The bay mare had lost five consecutive races since returning, but showed life in her most recent effort, finishing second by a head to Valentine Dancer in the 2003 Cat's Cradle.
The 3-1 third choice paid $8, $4.80 and $3.40. Amber Hills returned $9 and $6.80. Fancee Bargain's show was $4.20. The $2 exacta was worth $68.20.