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Javier Castellano aboard Annals of Time before the 2016 Hollywood Derby
The feature race on Saturday of closing weekend at Del Mar was the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were excellent as usual at the seaside oval with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60's. Hall of Fame (G2) winner Camelot Kitten was sent off as the 7-2 favorite in the field of 12 after finishing second in the Saranac (G3) then winning the Hill Prince (G3) last out. In to challenge him included 15-4 second choice Beach Patrol, winner of the Secretariat (G1) but second in the Hill Prince, and 9-2 third choice Hayabusa One, winner of two straight including the Prix de Grimaud in France and an allowance at Keeneland.
Down the stretch in the Hollywood Derby
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 11 Annals of Time Castellano 13.80 7.00 4.60 1 Beach Patrol Geroux 5.20 4.00 3 Frank Conversation Gutierrez 10.60 Winning Time: 1:47.73 $1 Exacta 11-1 31.60 $2 Quinella 1-11 31.20 $1 Trifecta 11-1-3 467.50 $1 Superfecta 11-1-3-8 3,274.80Results Chart
Left: Annals of Time in the winner's circle. Cherie de Vaux, assistant to winning trainer Chad Brown said, "He's lightly raced, he had some minor issues to deal with before we could get him started, so he was the fresher of the three (Brown entrants). Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten have had really hard campaigns this year, they've been travelling and running very well. It's important for us to get the lay of the land for Breeders' Cup here next year. Chad really wanted to come but he had a family obligation in New York."
Right: Annals of Time returns after the race. Winning jockey Javier Castellano said, "I tried to save ground as much as I could. I was covered up for most of the way. I give Mr. Brown all the credit for shipping out a young horse like this – a horse making only his fourth start – to the west coast and having him ready to run a race like this. He was powerful. When I asked him in the stretch he put in a powerful kick. Very strong; very impressive. And he galloped out strong and straight. Distance will be no problem with him."
Left: Second place finisher Beach Patrol in the paddock. Jockey Florent Geroux said, "I had a very good trip; right where I wanted to be. My horse ran well, but the winner was best. He's a nice horse."
Right: Third place finisher Frank Conversation in the paddock. Jockey Mario Gutierrez said, "A good trip for him. And a good try."
Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Camelot Kitten. The 7-2 choice rated in 8th early 6 lengths back under Irad Ortiz Jr. but failed to rally finishing 7th beaten 4 lengths. The Chad Brown trainee has a record of 5 wins, 3 seconds, and 0 thirds in 11 starts, earning $963,865 for owner-breeder Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Vale Dori wins the Bayakoa Stakes (G2)
Jockey Jamie Theriot sent Gloryzapper to the lead first time by and she set fractions of 23.56, 47.68, and 1:12.41 while pressed by Vale Dori and stalked by 21-1 Desert Madam. Entering the lane, jockey Mike Smith asked Vale Dori for run and she quickly opened up a 1 1/2 length lead midstretch through 1 mile in 1:38.06. Kept to task by Smith, Vale Dori drew off to win by 3 lengths in 1:44.79 over late-running Wild at Heart. It was another 3/4 lengths back to 49-1 longest shot Moyo Honey third.
Left: Vale Dori in the winner's circle. Jimmy Barnes, assistant to winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "She did it like a (1-2) favorite should. We'll take that. It played out like I expected. I thought the three (Gloryzapper) would be out there and we'd be able to sit right off her and that's the way it worked out."
Right: Vale Dori in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Mike Smith said, "I was surprised to find out how much horse I had. I gave her one little bit of encouragement and she just threw me in the back seat. She's got some kick. She's going to get better, too. I got on this filly when they first brought her here and she was all nervous. But now she's cool and calm. Have to give a lot of credit to Bob and his crew. They've brought her far along."
Left: Second place finisher Wild at Heart in the paddock before the race. Jockey Javier Castellano said, "Good race for her; good effort. At the quarter pole, I'm thinking I can catch the winner. But then she just widened on us. The winner was too good. We were a good second best today."
Right: Third place finisher Moyo Honey in the post parade. Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. said, "She ran well, very well. She gave me confidence all the way around there. She tried hard."