El Gato Malo on Kentucky Derby trail after win
Roses symbolize many things. In thoroughbred racing, roses symbolize only one thing, the Kentucky Derby. El Gato Malo, our undefeated son of El Corredor took another step on the Kentucky Derby trail with a dominating victory in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Facing winners and two turns for the first time; El Gato Malo got a perfect stalking trip behind moderate early fractions. El Gato Malo looked as if he might encounter traffic troubles, but a slight opening appeared and jockey Pat Valenzuela seized the moment and sent El Gato Malo through the hole. The gutsy gelding assumed command in the stretch and drew off with authority.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "I think this horse answered a lot of questions. We threw a lot at him, and I can't complain about the result. He's been training great, and I really thought he would handle the stretch out."
Jockey Pat Valenzuela said, "I have been on a lot of good horses, and I think this horse ranks up there. He hasn't even begun to learn how to be a racehorse yet. When he does the sky could be the limit. He broke sharply today and was a little strong early. When he got behind horses he settled nicely. When the pacesetter came off the rail I went for the hole. My horse did the rest."
El Gato Malo now has two wins in two career starts with career earnings of over $70,000.
We will potentially look at the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes(G2) on January 12th at Santa Anita or possibly the $150,000 California Derby at Golden Gate for El Gato Malo's next race.