Owner Wins Golden Gate Derby With First Horse

Carl J. Odegarrd's Hoovergetthekeys split the leaders in the stretch and overcame a bumping incident to win the $150,000 Golden Gate Derby (gr. III). The 3-year-old gelded son of Mt. Livermore was ridden by Ron Warren Jr. to defeat Padua Stable's High Cascade, the 17-10 favorite in the seven-horse field.

Trained by Brian Koriner, Hoovergetthekeys returned $33.00, $12.20, and $5.20. High Cascade set the pace until relinquishing the lead in the stretch and paid $4.40 and $3.00. Media Mogul, who bumped with Hoovergetthekeys nearing the furlong pole, held third and was worth $3.40. The final time for 1 1/16 miles over a muddy track was 1:42.88.

A claim of foul lodged by Jenine Sahadi, trainer of Media Mogul, was disallowed after it was determined the bumping was 50-50 on the part of the two horses. Sahadi watched the race from Santa Anita via simulcast.

"I was pleasantly surprised," jockey Warren said of the upset victory. "I didn't have any expectations."

Noting that it was "my biggest win," Koriner said the Golden Gate Derby winner is the first horse owned by Odegarrd, who claimed Hoovergetthekeys for $32,000 one day after he took out his owner's license. "He wanted to spend $25,000, but he showed up with the money ($32,000). After looking at the horse in the paddock, everything seemed fine."

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod, Hoovergetthekeys was claimed by his current owner and trainer for $32,000 while finishing sixth in his first career start at Bay Meadows on Sept. 28. Coupled with a maiden win over a wet-fast track in his second outing, Hoovergetthekeys has won two of six starts and earned $105,780.

(Chart, Equibase)

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