Sunday, Del Mar
DEL MAR DERBY-GII
, $300,000, DMR, 9-2, 3yo,
1 1/8mT, 1:46 4/5, fm.
1--@MY BEST BROTHER, 122, c, 3, by Stormy Atlantic 1st Dam: Wilshewed, by Carson City
2nd Dam: So Cozy, by Lyphard
3rd Dam: Special Warmth, by Lucky Mike
($95,000 RNA wlng '09 KEENOV). O/B-Al Eisman & William Currin (KY); T-Julio C Canani; J-Martin Garcia. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 8-4-1-0, $343,090. *Full to Stormello, GISW, $700,100. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 122, c, 3, Hat Trick (Jpn)
--Ginger Sea (SAf), by Western Winter. O-Team Valor International; B-Barry Irwin (KY); T-H Graham Motion. $60,000.
, 122, c, 3, Lion Heart--Viapervita (Ire), by Spectrum (Ire). O/B-Norman Cheng (KY); T-James M Cassidy. $36,000.
Margins: 3/4, 1, HF. Odds: 6.00, 2.80, 3.70.
Also Ran: Power Foot, Old Time Hockey, Tribal Tribute, All Squared Away, Smart Ellis, Midnight Crooner, Tones (Ire).
Scratches: Desormais. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
My Best Brother didn't do much running when unveiled sprinting on the main track here a year ago, but he resurfaced this spring and donned cap and gown two starts later going six panels on the Betfair Hollywood Park lawn May 27. The homebred had no trouble with the stretch-out to a mile back in Inglewood a month after that, and took the second division of the Oceanside S. here on Opening Day over a trio of re-opposing foes. The bay was coming off a nose defeat at the hooves of Old Time Hockey (Smarty Jones) in the GII La Jolla H. here Aug. 11, and had to carry his speed an extra sixteenth this time.
Zipping straight to the lead at the bell, My Best Brother grabbed clear early command as favorite Howe Great was hung wide on the first turn after breaking from the far-outside post. He doled out quick, but comfortable splits as Howe Great watched intently from third, and My Best Brother blew the race open on the turn as he extended his advantage. Howe Great tried to make up the difference in the lane, but My Best Brother was always doing enough to strike the line a convincing winner.