HEAVILY FAVORED GALILEAN OVERWHELMS COMPETITION TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY 4 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT

first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED GALILEAN OVERWHELMS COMPETITION TO TAKE $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY BY 4 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY HOLLENDORFER, UNCLE MO COLT GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.43DERBY IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2019)–In what figures to be his final start versus state-bred completion for the foreseeable future, heavily favored Galilean made short work of four rivals as he waltzed to a 4 ½ length win in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Derby at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the imposing son of Uncle Mo got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.43.Also won by 2014 Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, the Cal Cup Derby is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.A reserved third, about a length and a half off of early pacesetter Loud Mouth around the Club House turn, Galilean, who fetched $600,000 at the Barretts April 2-year-old in Training sale, took undisputed command while three-wide a quarter mile from home and won like a colt with the Kentucky Derby on his mind.A nine length winner of the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 16, Galilean, who is out of the El Prado mare Fresia, was off at 1-9 and paid $2.10 across the board.Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker and William Sandbrook, Galilean picked up $110,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $261,000 from and overall mark of 4-3-1-0.Longshot Feeling Strong rallied from last to run a big second, finishing 10 lengths in front of Whooping Jay.  Off at 27-1, Feeling Strong, with Tiago Pereira up, paid $6.20 and $3.20.Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Whooping Jay was off at 26-1 and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.95, 47.85, 1:11.60 and 1:36.71.last_img read more