The White Shadow to gun it

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

Satur­day’s $50,000 Golden Nugget for 2-year-olds at Golden Gate Fields will be a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for both the run­ners and their train­ers. Five of the six in the field come into the race off wins, while the sixth, The White Shadow, was nipped by a nose by a colt who is 3 for 3 in his ca­reer.

When Rickey B, who was nom­i­nated for the race but skipped it, put his nose in front of The White Shadow in the fi­nal stride, it was the only time The White Shadow was not in front in a race. Trainer Jonathan Wong knows Satur­day’s race is pop­u­lated by plenty of speed-lov­ing types and said he doesn’t know what to ex­pect if The White Shadow doesn’t make the lead.

“He’s never been headed,” said Wong, who hopes his Gray­dar colt won’t re­spond poorly if he can’t make the lead.

“He’s not the big­gest horse, but he’s very com­pet­i­tive. He wants to be in front.”

Wong knows his colt can’t sim­ply be one-di­men­sional, but he has con­cen­trated more on con­di­tion­ing than rac­ing style and tac­tics with the colt.

Both Mid­night Spe­cial, an easy maiden win­ner at Fresno, and Tribal War Chant, who romped in his Golden Gate Fields de­but, have turned in faster frac­tions than The White Shadow but will be meet­ing win­ners for the first time.

Tribal War Chant, last and beaten 35 lengths in his de­but at Del Mar, romped by five lengths, com­pletely turn­ing around his form, in a Sept. 30 race here.

If there is a con­tested pace in the six-fur­long race, Ti­van, The White Shadow’s sta­ble­mate Mad Luther, and Daddy Jones could prove hard to hold off late.

Ti­van broke slowly and raced in mid­pack in his de­but be­fore un­leash­ing a strong clos­ing kick to score an upset in his de­but.

Mad Luther, the only en­trant to have beaten win­ners, comes West af­ter a pair of fron­trun­ning vic­to­ries at a mile at Presque Isle Downs.

GOLDEN NUGGET, RACE 7 KEY CON­TENDERS

Ti­van, by In­dian Evening Beyer: 63

◗ Pace bat­tle should ben­e­fit his stalk­ing style.

◗ All six sib­lings are win­ners, in­clud­ing a full si­b­ling who won at 2. Dam was stakes win­ner at 2.

The White Shadow, by Gray­dar Beyers: 60-61 ◗ Full brother of a win­ner. ◗ Has opened early in both starts but may not get the lead in this speed-laden field.

Tribal War Chant, by Slew’s Tiznow Beyers: 66-0

◗ Huge improve­ment in sec­ond start.

◗ Rider chose him over The White Shadow.

◗ Steady works in five weeks since he last raced.

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