Trainer Wong gets out broom

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Chuck Dyb­dal

Trainer Jonathan Wong is look­ing for a sweep, and trainer Faith Tay­lor is look­ing for a first in the $50,000 Bull Dog Hand­i­cap at the Big Fresno Fair on Sun­day.

Wong sad­dled Bold Fan­tasy for his first stakes vic­tory in last week’s $100,000 Har­ris Farms Stakes, and will send out the sharp Gabo’s Ma­condo in the Bull Dog as he tries to sweep Fresno’s two Thor­ough­bred stakes.

Tay­lor sends out More Power to Him, who has 4 sec­onds and 3 thirds in 10 stakes starts but is still seek­ing his first stakes vic­tory.

Nine run­ners have been en­tered in the 1 1/8-mile dirt race for 3-year-olds and up.

“I’d love to win an­other stakes in Fresno,” said Wong.

Wong claimed Gabo’s Ma­condo for $20,000 from a July 27 vic­tory at Sacra­mento and has seen the 5-year-old Cape Blanco geld­ing win two straight for him, both al­lowance races on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. Wong claimed Gabo’s Ma­condo from Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer.

“We thought he was good enough to win the first con­di­tion,” he said. “We just kept him happy. He’s very ver­sa­tile. He’s done ev­ery­thing we’ve asked.”

More Power to Him ran fourth be­hind Gabo’s Ma­condo and Sun­day ri­val Tae­lyns Prince Sept. 22 on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. That race was at 1 1/16 miles, and Tay­lor thinks the ex­tra six­teenth of the Bull Dog works in More Power to Him’s fa­vor.

“He’s train­ing well – as good as ever,” said Tay­lor. “Ev­ery­thing looks good.”

More Power to Him has run well in his three starts at the dis­tance. He was moved up from third to sec­ond in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, ran third in the Emer­ald Downs Derby, and was fourth in the Grade 3 Bri­tish Columbia Derby at Hast­ings, all last year at 3.

Gre­cian Fire and the for­mer claimer Two Thirty Five bring strong cre­den­tials from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Gre­cian Fire has been run­ning well in Cal­i­for­nia-bred stakes, in­clud­ing a sec­ond in the Cal­i­for­nia Dreamin’ on the turf at Del Mar two starts back in July. Two Thirty Five, claimed for $25,000 by trainer Richard Bal­tas in Jan­uary, won an op­tional claimer at Santa Anita in June with a 104 Beyer Speed Fig­ure.

BULL DOG HAND­I­CAP (RACE 9) KEY CON­TENDERS

Gabo’s Ma­condo, by Cape Blanco Last 3 Bey­ers: 88-86-82

◗ He has won three straight and has a bul­let half-mile work since his last start.

More Power to Him, by Slew’s Tiznow Last 3 Bey­ers: 84-85-74

◗ All three of his wins came on syn­thetic, but he has hit the board on dirt in stakes.

Gre­cian Fire, by Un­usual Heat Last 3 Bey­ers: 86-99-92

◗ Two of his last three starts have come on the dirt at Los Alami­tos: a third, beaten three-quar­ters of a length, in the Ber­trando in July, and a fourth in the E.B. John­ston in his last start on Sept. 8.

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