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C C Gold Looks For Back-To-Back Wins In Monmouth Oaks

Posted Friday, Aug 9, 2013

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C C Gold will try stakes company for the first time in Saturday’s Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks, the oldest running oaks in North America, having roots back to 1871. Conditioned by Lawrence Murray,    C C Gold has won two of her four career starts, including her last outing where she splashed a mile and 70 yards in 1:43 1/5 at Delaware on July 1 and bested the field by a length and a quarter. She and a field of seven other fillies will travel a mile and a sixteenth in the Monmouth Oaks Saturday.

            “I’ve always liked this filly, she’s showed some brilliance in the past,” said Murray. “She had trouble with getting in in her first few races. In her second start (April 13 at Pimlico) her rider had to pull her up because of that. After that Luis (jockey Garcia) rode her and it wasn’t as bad (May 12 at Pimlico). She ended up third there. Last out she caught a terrible track at Delaware but she didn’t have a problem with closing in and she won by a length and a quarter.”

            A 3-year-old filly by Touch Gold out of the Carson City mare Carson City Secret, C C Gold will make her fifth start in the Monmouth Oaks, as she fights for the winner’s share of the $100,000 purse, and Murray believes that C C Gold fits right in with Saturday’s field.

“We were looking for either a two other than or a little stakes race to put her in,” Murray said “Even though this isn’t a little stakes race, we feel like she fits right in with the competition.”

            C C Gold will break from post position one in the Monmouth Oaks as she carries the colors of Howard M. Bender, and although many would not be thrilled to draw the rail, C C Gold has had some success breaking from the inside in the past.

            “Both times she won she broke from the rail,” Murray said, “so it shouldn’t bother her at all. I don’t know who the speed will be in the race but she should be pretty close to the pace.”

            Luis Garcia will have the mount aboard C C Gold in Saturday’s Monmouth Oaks, which goes as the 11th race on a 12-race card.


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