PLEASANTON, Calif. (July 5, 2015) – Southern California invader Seeking the Sherif took advantage of a terrible start by defending champion Streamside to post a rebound victory in the $53,715 Oak Tree Sprint at Oak Tree at Pleasanton
Good enough to earn a start in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint in which he finished 11th at odds of 43-to-1, Seeking the Sherif then ran fifth in the Grade 3 Midnight Lute Stakes. Trainer Ron Ellis dropped him into a $62,500 claimer which he won, and he was taken by trainer Gus Headley.
Three straight losses ensued, including a next-to-last-place finish in another $62,500 claimer prior to Sunday’s straightforward victory in which he overtook long-shot pacesetter Quick and Silver midway on the turn and outfinished him to the wire by 1¼ lengths in 1:10.24 for six furlongs.
Streamside couldn’t recover from hopping severely at the start and finished seventh in the field of eight after recording six wins, a second and a third in his previous eight starts. He led from start to finish in winning last year’s Oak Tree Sprint in 1:08.72.
Seeking the Sherif is by Officer, out of the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Adel, was bred by Diamond A Racing, is owned by Kurt Rexius and trained by Gus Headley.
He has nine wins in 18 starts, earnings of $228,710 and was coming off a fifth in a May 21 optional claimer.