Mana Strike won the Gold Rush Stakes over Golden Gate's synthetic main track Dec. 5.

Mana Strike won the Gold Rush Stakes over Golden Gate's synthetic main track Dec. 5.

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Mana Strike Tops California Derby Field

Papa Clem gelding won Gold Rush Stakes last time out by 2 1/4 lengths.

David Taylor Jr.'s Mana Strike will seek his second consecutive Golden Gate Fields stakes in the $100,000 California Derby Jan. 16 at the Bay Area racetrack.

A commanding winnerby 2 1/4 lengthsin the mile Gold Rush Stakes over Golden Gate's synthetic main track Dec. 5, the Washington-bred, gelded son of Papa Clem also won his six-furlong debut by an impressive four lengths at Golden Gate in October, with a sixth-place run in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes on the Del Mar dirt sandwiched in between.

The Frank Lucarelli trainee will stretch out to 1 1/16 miles for the first time in the California Derby and will face three return Gold Rush runners, including Algenon (second), Marqula (third), and Allaboutaction (fourth).

A contingent of Southern California invaders will also try for their first stakes wins, headed by Reddam Racing's graded stakes-placed Frank Conversation. The Quality Road  colt trained by Doug O'Neill finished fifth last time out in the Los Alamitos Futurity (gr. I) and came in third in the Cecil B. DeMille (gr. IIIT) on the Del Mar turf in November. Go Long and Canada will also make the trip up Interstate 5.

He's a Tiger is the only entrant with an unblemished record, 2-for-2 on the Golden Gate main track. The Sky Mesa  colt trained by Jeff Bonde won his debut at 4 1/2 furlongs in May, then was on the sideline until Dec. 5, when he took a six-furlong allowance with ease by 3 1/4 lengths.

Entries: California Derby

Golden Gate Fields, Saturday, January 16, 2016, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1 1/16m
  • All Weather Track
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:48 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11He's a Tiger (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJuan J. Hernandez116Jeff Bonde12/1
22Mana Strike (WA)Pedro M. Terrero122Frank Lucarelli4/1
33Allaboutaction (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRussell A. Baze119Jerry Hollendorfer5/2
44Algenon (KY)Ricardo Gonzalez116Len Kasmerski8/1
55Go Long (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateLeslie Mawing116J. Keith Desormeaux20/1
66Frank Conversation (KY)Mario Gutierrez116Doug F. O'Neill2/1
77Canada (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateAlex O. Solis116Simon Callaghan6/1
88Marqula (WA)Kyle Frey116Jeff Bonde10/1