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Stalking Shadow wins the $100,000 California Derby

Photo Credit: Shane Micheli / Vassar Photography

Trained by Jonathan Wong, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds’ California-homebred Stalking Shadow rallied in deep stretch to win Saturday’s $100,000 California Derby over Jonathan Wong-trained stablemate Jimmy Irish at Golden Gate Fields.

The 3-year-old colt by Ministers Wild Cat, ridden by Evin Roman, covered 1 1/16 miles on the synthetic Tapeta surface in 1:45.22 and paid $16.20 to win.

Jimmy Irish held second, with the John Shirreffs-trained Parnelli, the 4-5 favorite, third in the field of eight 3-year-olds.

This is the first stakes win for Stalking Shadow and  his fourth victory overall from nine starts.