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2013 Del Mar Derby; Splitsville With Two Divisions

2013 Del Mar Derby (GII); Splitsville With Two Divisions

The 69th running of the 2013 Del Mar Derby (GII) will take place this Sunday, September 1, 2013 at the Del Mar Racetrack in sunny Del Mar, California. The race is for 3 year-olds on the turf at 1 1/8 miles. With 34 horses nominated, it was decided Sunday morning that the (GII) Del Mar Derby would run in two divisions of 10 horses, each with a purse of $250,000. It’s the first time that the culminating race of the stakes series for 3 year-olds has split since 1970. Funny, as people keep talking about how this sport is declining, things that make you go “hmmmmm.”

The Thoroughbred Owners of California and Racing Secretary Tom Robbins were the ringleaders in getting this race divided and seemed surprised at the number of nominations with a lot of shippers coming in. In working with the TOC (Thoroughbred Owners of California), there was enough funding for two races. This will make for some fun racing, and everyone gets to watch two killer 3 year-old races instead of one with a lot of feelings unhurt for not being included in the race.

This is going to be fun, not! Wow, do I have my work cut out for me in handicapping these two as both fields are full with a few hoping for a scratch. The 2013 Del Mar Derby will start with Race #6 on the card of 11 for the day with post time of 4:30 pm PDT.

2013 Del Mar Derby (GII) Post Positions & Odds Race #6
1. Say Ow 20/1 S.Arias/J.Canani
2. Si Sage 20/1 (FR) A.Edwin/D.Vienna
3. Outside Nashville 15/1 A.Quinonez/J.Hollendorfer
4. Rising Legend 9/2 (GB) J.Leparoux/J.Sadler
5. Procurement 5/1 G.Stevens/T.Proctor
6. Pure Loyalty 8/1 C.Nakatani/M.Glatt
7. Gabriel Charles 7/2 M.Smith/J.Mullins
8. Gervinho 3/1 R.Bejarano/J.Quinn
9. Redwood Kitten 12/1 V.Espinoza/W.Ward
10. Chief Havoc 5/1 G.Gomez/P.Miller
*Also eligible
11. Tom’s Tribute D.Flores/J.Cassidy
12. Layton Register C.Nakatani/P.Oliver
UPDATED RESULTS 7, 8, 9, 5, 3, 6, 10, 1, 4, 2

So I’m going to be really lame here in my handicapping. I’m going with a few horses I’ve bet on before and know a little more of their history.

The #8 Gervinho, who missed more than six months of racing over the winter because of a knee injury, won the second stakes of his abbreviated career in the first division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar. He was one of my top picks last year in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf where he finished fifth. I also had the chance to meet Gervinho barnside thanks to my veterinarian friend Wade Byrd at Santa Anita before that race. Good luck to the Auerbach’s who bred him. I think he’s in great form, healthy and dangerous here. It doesn’t hurt that 8 is my lucky number either.

I also like #9 Redwood Kitten. Love his trainer Wesley Ward and who can pass up the Ramseys’ and the power of the kittens this year? Last out, Redwood Kitten finished 5th in the July 13th Virginia Derby at 1 ¼ miles and prior he won the James W. Murphy on May 18th at one mile. So I definitely think he can come from the clouds at this distance to hit the board.

Chief Havoc who breaks from #10 has been on my radar this year after finishing first in the July 4, 2013 Swaps Stakes at this distance of 1 1/8 and finished 5th in the San Diego Handicap on July 27th. Peter Miller is his trainer and he’s been on fire lately. He likes to take the lead, so watch out for this guy to try and wire the field.

The possible spoiler in here is the #4 Rising Legend. He was second in the Oceanside Stakes to Gervinho and if he’s on his game, could pull an upset. The Europeans are super scary on the weeds, so gotta put one in here.

So for Race #6 of the 2013 Del Mar Derby I’m shooting for Gervinho, Redwood Kitten and Chief Havoc to hit the board with Rising Legend being a possible spoiler.

The second leg of the 2013 Del Mar Derby is going to be race #9 with a post start time of 6:00 pm PDT.

2013 Del Mar Derby (GII) Post Positions & Odds Race #9
1. Ethnic Dance 12/ 1 A.Edwin/J.Sadler
2. Play It Loud 6/1 G.Stevens/J.Mullins
3. Infinite Magic 7/2 J.Talamo/R.Mettee
4. Den’s Legacy 6/1 C.Nakatani/B.Baffert
5. General Election 8/1 J.Leparoux/K.Gorder
6. Olympic Blue 15/1 A.Delgadillo/J.Hollendorfer
7. Dry Summer 8/1 M.Smith/J.Mullins
8. Kid Dreams 8/1 V.Espinoza/N.Drysdale
9. Dice Flavor 9/2 G.Gomez/P.Miller
10. Dorsett 6/1 R.Bejarano/M.Sidham
*also eligible
11. Examen G.Stevens/T.Proctor
12. No Jet Lag C.Nakatani/S.Callaghan
UPDATED RESULTS: 1, 3, 4, 8, 5, 10, 7, 6, 2, 9

This one is tough for me as #9 Dice Flavor is one of my favorites who won last out in the La Jolla Handicap on August 10, 2013 over Den’s Legacy. I also really like #4 Den’s Legacy who is such a hard worker and tries every time. He got beat by a nose by Dice Flavor in that race and should be ready to burn up the grass here. So, this time out I’m hoping for the win with Den’s Legacy, he deserves it. I’ll still bet on Dice Flavor too but I won’t be upset if I get beat at the window.

So my top two picks for the second leg of the 2013 Del Mar Derby Race #9 for the win are Den’s Legacy followed up with a little Dice Flavor. Two interesting ones to pull off an upset are the #7 Dry Summer, looking at his past performances, he should be cycling back in form and usually you can’t go wrong with Mike Smith in the irons and Olympic Blue the #6. He is a fast little horse that finished third behind Rising Legend recently who could sneak in and upset the board.

Good luck to all of the runners and their connections on Sunday. Safe run!!

Del Mar Derby 2013

The Del Mar Derby takes place on Sunday, September 1, 2013 and will be split into two separate races due to a large number of entries. Race #6 begins at 4:30 PM PDT and Race #8 is scheduled with a 6:00 PM PDT post time.