Photo: Hollywood Park
Hudson Landing, winless in his first seven starts in
the East, is unbeaten in three starts since joining the Bill Morey stable at
Golden Gate Fields.
Morey hopes the chestnut colt stretches his winning
streak to four in the $100,000 Grade III Will Rogers Stakes for 3-year-olds at
1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood
“We bought him in Florida
as a maiden and got lucky,” said Morey from Golden Gate
Thursday after shipping the colt south Tuesday. He galloped on the main track
here under the supervision of Dean Greenman.
Hudson Landing, who had raced at Saratoga,
Belmont, Aqueduct and Gulfstream
Park for trainer Stanley Hough, broke
his maiden at Golden Gate on April 2, won an
optional claimer there on April 24 and captured the Alcatraz Stakes on turf in
his last start on May 15.
“After the stakes race, we started looking south for
opportunities,” explained Morey. “The turf and the timing were good for this
Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, who has ridden the
colt in his three wins, has taken the Will Rogers call.
Hudson Landing drew post five in a field of nine. A
Kentucky-bred colt by Maria’s Mon, Hudson
Landing is owned by Roger and Cindy Newman, Gene Guelfo and Franklin Lindstrom.