Logical Single, an upset winner of the $73,350 Fran’s Valentine Stakes May 22, will take on the opposite sex in the $70,000 Golden State Cup for California breds Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Owned by breeder Harris Farms, Inc. and trained by Dean Pederson, Logical Single, a 4-year-old daughter of Singletary and the Dynaformer mare Zoelu, defeated Lady Railrider by a half-length to win the Fran’s Valentine by a half-length at 7-1.
The win was the fifth in 13 starts for Logical Single and pushed her earnings to $198,652.
She will have five opponents in the Golden State Cup, which, like the Fran’s Valentine, will be contested at one mile on turf.
Nahem, who scored the biggest victory of his career with a 12-1 surprise in the $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes April 23 on California Gold Rush Day, will seek his second grass win for owner-breeders Harris Farms, Inc. and Michael and Cory Wellman.
Trained by Paddy Gallagher, Nahem, a 3-year-old Bertrando gelding out of the Moscow Ballet mare Miss Bev Hills, has won two of six, banking $134,800. Both of his wins have come in races restricted to state breds.
Runner-up as the favorite in consecutive starts against open company on the Hollywood Park turf, Norvsky will be seeking his fourth win for breeders Bud and Judy Johnston, who own the 5-year-old in partnership, and trainer Don Warren.
In 11 starts, Norvsky, a gelded son of Vronsky and the Flying Paster mare Fimbrelith, has earned $176,138.
Lucky Primo will be making his first start since finishing second behind Premable on the Santa Anita main track April 14. Owned by J B K Stable and Jason Litt and trained by Joshua Litt, the 5-year-old Atticus gelding and the Personal Flag mare Live Free Or Die has won three of 10. His bankroll is $193,552. He won his lone start over the grass at Hollywood Park, winning a June 26, 2010 allowance at the Golden State Cup distance.
A winner the last time he faced California breds, Renegade Storm will aim for his third career victory for Conquest Racing and trainer Marty Jones. The 5-year-old Storm Creek gelding and the Alysheba mare Alygria has started 15 times, earning $127,056.
Baton Roo will be making his first start outside Northern California for owner Jeff Stiefel and trainer Andy Mathis. The 4-year-old gelded son of Poteen and the Unusual Heat mare Unusual Babe has won three of seven while earning $83,720. He has been fifth – in the Grade III San Francisco Mile April 30 - and second in two races on turf at Golden Gate Fields.
From inside out, the field for the Golden State Cup: Norvsky, Joel Rosario rides, 124 pounds; Renegade Storm, Garrett Gomez, 120; Lucky Primo, Tyler Baze, 124; Logical Single, Chantal Sutherland, 113; Nahem, Victor Espinoza, 114 and Baton Roo, Rafael Bejarano, 124.
The Golden State Cup is the seventh of eight races. Post time Thursday is 1 p.m.