Nearly seven months after landing the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on turf at 8-1, Chappell Alpine Farms' Hudson Landing took a Grade 3 event on the Golden Gate Fields Tapeta surface in Friday's $100,000 All American.Tracking from an outside position in third most of the way, the Maria's Mon gelding rallied to engage Control Seeker in the stretch and wore down that rival at the very last jump to register a nose victory as the 7-2 third choice in a field of six older horses. Under Frank Alvarado, the Blaine Wright-trained Hudson Landing finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 1/5 and paid $9.20, $4.80 and $3.80.Control Seeker, who was the first to pass pacesetter and even-money favorite Gladding, saw his three-race win streak end in a tough beat. He finished three-quarters of a length ahead of Fast Track, who flew home from the rear at odds of 42-1. Fourth past the wire was Positive Response, who was followed by Duke of Doom and Gladding. Slim Pickens was scratched.
The disappointment of the race was Gladding, who was making his first start since winning the July 1 Alamdean Handicap at Pleasanton in a romp. The Grade 2-winning veteran, who was also making his debut on the Tapeta surface, stumbled leaving the gate but made the lead from his inside draw. Despite setting pokey splits of :24 4/5, :49 4/5 and 1:14 2/5, Gladding readily retreated once he came under pressure.
Outside of sporadic stakes attempts, Hudson Landing spent the better part of 2011 and early 2012 competing in the claiming ranks. He was haltered by his present connections for $50,000 on February 25 and then proceeded to win three straight, including the San Francisco Mile by a half-length over Jeranimo, subsequent winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile.
Elevated to second in the Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap in his next start, Hudson Landing next finished seventh in the Shoemaker Mile and then gutted out a head victory in the Mt. Ranier Handicap at Emerald Downs. Up the track in that course's Grade 3 Longacres Mile, Hudson Landing preceded this score with a third in to Positive Response in an October 28 turf allowance at Golden Gate. His record now stands at 35-12-6-4, $477,388.
Bred in Kentucky by Fred Allor, Hudson Landing was produced by the multiple stakes-placed Morning Star, a daughter of Shotiche. She is a half-sister to Canadian Grade 2 winner Clever Response and the stakes winner Starbeau. This is the extended family of Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap winner Camp Victory and Canadian Grade 2 victor Last Answer.