Hence Mows Them Down in Iowa Derby


Hence provided visiting jockey Mike Smith with a sweep of the evening's black-type events in Altoona with a last-to-first triumph in Friday's GIII Iowa Derby.

The Calumet homebred immediately took himself to the back of the pack early on as McCormick set an easy, if contested, pace from the well-backed Churchill allowance winner Impressive Edge and Balandeen (Bernardini) to his outside. Petrov (Flatter), the somewhat surprising post-time favorite, enjoyed the run of the race after leaving from the rail draw and the top seven were covered by about three lengths, with Hence a detached last while still ridden cold. McCormick remained the determined leader as they prepared to leave the far turn, but Hence shot into the frame under a full head of steam, came six wide into the stretch, wrested command from McCormick a sixteenth from home and inched clear.

Hence overcame a wild trip to graduate at fourth asking in the slop at Oaklawn this past January and got the right set-up when swooping from last off a hot pace to win the GIII Sunland Derby Mar. 26. An even 11th at 15-1 in the GI Kentucky Derby May 6, the sleek chestnut was no factor at any point in the GI Preakness S. May 20, finishing ninth.

Pedigree Notes:

A half-brother to SP Conquest Stormy (Stormy Atlantic) and to the dam of MSW & GSP Inconclusive (Include), Hence was sold to Calumet in utero for $55,000 at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale. Floating Island is a half-sister to Eugene Melnyk's versatile MGSW & GISP Pico Teneriffe (Red Ransom), herself the dam of two-time Sovereign Award winner, MGSW and Canadian Classic winner Marchfield (A.P. Indy) as well as SW Congor Bay (Speightstown). Hence is one of 13 graded-stakes winners for Street Boss, who has also been represented this season by Australian Group 2 winner The Quarterback (Aus) and the late Rapper Dragon (Aus), winner of the Hong Kong Derby. Floating Island is the dam of the 2-year-old filly Mad Grace (English Channel), a yearling filly by Risque Remarque and a colt foal by Calumet's GI Preakness S. hero Oxbow.

Friday, Prairie Meadows
IOWA DERBY-GIII, $250,000, PRM, 7-7, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:42.84, ft.
1–HENCE, 122, c, 3, by Street Boss
1st Dam: Floating Island, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Ballerina Princess, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Aladancer, by Northern Dancer
O/B-Calumet Farm (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen; J-Mike E Smith. $149,400. Lifetime Record: 9-3-1-1, $612,001. Werk Nick Rating: A++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.[bullet ad=”stonestreet-trainingalum”][bullet ad=”kbif-g2g3″]2–McCormick, 116, c, 3, Hard Spun–Affluent, by Affirmed. O/B-Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC (KY); T-Ian R Wilkes. $49,800.[bullet ad=”lambholm-south-training-grad”]3–Impressive Edge, 119, c, 3, Harlan's Holiday–Cool Spell, by Grand Slam. ($70,000 RNA Wlg '14 KEENOV; $185,000 Ylg '15 KEESEP; $400,000 2yo '16 OBSMAR). O-NK Racing; B-Fred W Hertrich III & John DFielding (KY); T-Dale L Romans. $24,900.[bullet ad=”taylor-made-tm-for-you”][bullet ad=”niall-brennan-nbs-graduate”]Margins: 1HF, 1, NK. Odds: 3.70, 3.30, 3.80.
Also Ran: Silver Dust, Petrov, Jerrid, Line Judge, Balandeen. Scratched: Thirstforlife.
Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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