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Jockey Keita Tosaki celebrates after winning the Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Derby aboard Pink Kamehameha.

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2021 Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Derby Results

Date: 02/20/2021

The $1.5 million Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Derby over 1600 meters (1 mile) on the main track at King Abdulaziz is the only age-restricted race on Saudi Cup night, open to 3-year-olds only. Filly Soft Whisper was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the field of 12 off a 4 race win streak including the UAE 1000 Guineas in Dubai. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Cowan, 2nd in the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn, and 3-1 third choice Rebel's Romance, undefeated in 3 starts including the UAE 2000 Guineas Trial in Dubai.

Pink Kamehameha leads in the stretch run of the Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Derby

Jockey Mickael Barzalona sent 12-1 Meshakel to the lead out of the chute to set the pace while pressed by Soft Whisper and stalked by 12-1 New Treasure and 30-1 Pink Kamehameha. Turning for home, Soft Whisper gained a short lead but tired at the 1/8 pole. Pink Kamehameha, kept to task by jockey Keita Tosaki, easily took over and held off late-running Cowan to win by 3/4 length in 1:38.57. It was another length back to New Treasure third while favorite Soft Whisper faded to finish 5th beaten 5 1/2 lengths.

Results Chart for the race from Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia which includes a link to the video replay. Results for US wagering:

6th RACE King Abdulaziz - Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Derby 7 Pink Kamehameha 63.20 23.20 10.80 2 Cowan 3.00 2.80 6 New Treasure 7.00 Running time - 1:38.57 $1.00 EXACTA 7-2 127.40 $1.00 TRIFECTA 7-2-6 1,127.20 $1.00 SUPERFECTA 7-2-6-8 3,714.70

Left: Pink Kamehameha heads to the winner's enclosure. Winning trainer Hideyuki Mori said, "Everything went perfect today. He showed a very good response to the jockey at the final turn, which was kind of surprising to me. He ran on dirt for the first time, but today's surface with a bit of rain affected track must suit him a lot."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Al Rajhi Bank Saudi Derby.

Left: Pink Kamehameha in the walking ring. Winning jockey Keita Tosaki said, "It was my first ride on him today but he produced a fantastic run even on his first time race over the dirt surface. As he has no issues with the starting gate, he jumped quickly from the gate today. He responded to me well and had a comfortable trip all the way."

Right: Pink Kamehameha in the post parade.

Left: Second place finisher Cowan returns after the race. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "He missed the break. Right when they opened the gate his head was turned, so he lost the break, but he came running. They went very fast up front and he almost got there. It was a good run from him."

Right: Third place finisher New Treasure in the walking ring. Thady Gosden, assistant to trainer John Gosden said, "He ran a huge race there. He got a little bit outpaced early on but he kept on well. The Japanese horse is clearly really good and got loose on the lead on the bit but (New Treasure) stayed on well. He has run really well and everyone is really proud of him."

Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Soft Whisper in the post parade. Jockey Mike Smith said, "I'm kind of lost for words, I thought she'd finish but it didn't happen."

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