Corey Nakatani

Gormley puts his head in front at the wire to win the Sham Stakes

Gormley puts his head in front at the wire to win the Sham Stakes

The start of the West Coast preps for the Kentucky Derby couldn’t have produced  a more rousing stretch duel than Saturday in the $100,000 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. In the end, the more experienced Gormley pushed his head in front at the wire to beat favored American Anthem.

With most of the early Derby favorites campaigning back East, the Sham, run at a mile over a sloppy track, showed the always-fickle racing public that the West Coast has at least a couple of horses that deserveserious consideration.

“I was thinking. ‘C’mon, man, please,’” winning trainer John Shirreffs said about the stretch drive. “He’s a good horse...

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