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Daddy Nose Best Rallies to Win Sunland Derby
RSS Feeds Sunday, March 25, 2012
Daddy Nose Best came from off the pace to win Sunday's Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby in front of a crowd of 18,384 at Sunland Park.

Racing for Bob and Cathy Zollars and saddled by Steve Asmussen, Daddy Nose Best covered his 1 1/8-mile trip in 1:48.59 under jockey Julien Leparoux, as the Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy closed off of the fast fractions of :22.48, :46.24 and 1:10.83 set by the dueling pacesetters Castaway and Ender Knievel. Daddy Nose Best's winning margin was three-quarters of a length from runner-up Isn't He Clever, and the colt returned a $9.40 win mutuel as the 7-2 third choice in the wagering.

“This horse had a win at this distance before today, so I felt confident he could handle it with this pace scenario,” said Asmussen of Daddy Nose Best. “He had to work really hard to get by the local horse (Isn't He Clever), but he ran a good race.”

Daddy Nose Best was bred by the Patricia Ann Elia Trust, and the colt is one of six stakes winners from 78 starters sired by Scat Daddy, an 8-year-old stallion by Johannesburg who won three graded stakes during his racing career, including the 2007 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, and whose starters have earned more than $2.8 million. The stallion stands for a $17,500 fee at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky.

Daddy Nose Best is also one of two winners from as many starters produced by the 10-year-old Thunder Gulch mare Follow Your Bliss. The colt's second dam, the Pine Bluff mare Follow The Money, won two graded stakes in 2000, including the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (G2) at Hollywood Park.

Daddy Nose Best was coming off of an off-the-pace victory in the Grade 3, 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on February 18. He has won four of 10 races, and the $400,000 winner's share of the Sunland Derby purse increased his bankroll to $633,623, much of which has come against graded stakes company. Asmussen indicated that the colt would be pointed to the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 5.

“We came here trying to earn our way to the Kentucky Derby, and with him having the success he's had at these longer distances, we feel really good about him,” the trainer added. “He runs really good fresh. He had a good break between races before the El Camino Real Derby and a good break before this race, and he's responded nicely both times.”

Stirred Up ran third, eight lengths behind Daddy Nose Best. No Spin, Ender Knievel, Tequila Factor, 17-10 favorite Castaway and Justanoldsong completed the order of finish.

The only graded Thoroughbred stakes race in New Mexico and the region's top Triple Crown prep, the Sunland Derby was just one of seven stakes on Sunland Park's 13-race program. A state record $3,586,225 was wagered on the card, of which $3,181,779 was handled off track. The previous handle record of $2,963,240 was set on Sunland Derby Day 2011.

A summary of the other stakes races appears below:

SUNLAND PARK OAKS
Purse, $200,000
3-year-old fillies
1 1/16 miles

Winner: Princess Arabella (Any Given Saturday-Tortuga Lady by Thunder Gulch)
Owner: Peachtree Stable
Breeder: Greenwich Cattle Company (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Martin Garcia
Winning Time: 1:43.52
Winning Margin: eight lengths
Odds: 1-5 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish): Glinda The Good, Ize In Trouble, Take Me Away Today, Regal Betty, Feisty Flirt, and Sophisticated.

NEW MEXICO BREEDERS' DERBY (R)
Purse, $110,000
3-year-olds, bred in New Mexico
1 1/16 miles
Winner:
That's Who (Quinton's Gold-Rama Lassie by Hadif)
Owner: Sam E. and Latane Stevens
Breeder: Sam E. Stevens
Trainer: Joel Marr
Jockey: Ry Eikleberry
Winning Time: 1:44.60
Winning Margin: two lengths
Odds: 17-10 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish): I Do My Own Tricks, May Weather, Rio de Dinero, Doctor Spencer, Zenon's Star, Dueling Dom, E Bar Way, Crusher Lane, Hesarider, and Damayorofclowntown.

BILL THOMAS MEMORIAL STAKES
Purse, $100,000
3-year-olds & older
6 ½ furlongs

Winner: Imco Spirit (IRE) (Invicible Spirit [IRE]-Treasure Hope [IRE] by Treasure Kay [GB])
Owner: J. Kirk & Judy Robison and Solitaire Stable
Breeder: J. J. M. R. SRL (IRE)
Trainer: Henry Dominguez
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Winning Time: 1:15.12
Winning Margin: 1 ½ lengths
Odds: 5-2
Also ran (in order of finish): Ribald (9-10 favorite), Quiet Again, Behold de Buy, Ducky Drake, Pack Your Bags, and Nicky Boy.

NEW MEXICO BREEDERS' OAKS (R)
Purse, $110,000
3-year-old fillies, bred in New Mexico
1 1/16 miles

Winner: Dashkova (Attila's Storm-Olympic Crisis by Olympio)
Owner: Double Kee LLC
Breeder: Justin Kengye (NM)
Trainer: O. Dwain Grissom
Jockey: Jose Rivera Jr.
Winning Time: 1:46.51
Winning Margin: 2 ½ lengths
Odds: 13-1
Also ran (in order of finish): Dawn Is Affirmed (3-10 favorite), Capote's Charm, Easy Loving Who, Desert Fun, Fire Run, Kisstin, Tessa's Cat, Whisper's Sister, Krickkitt, and Silk Strawberry.

LA CONEJA STAKES (R)
Purse, $110,000
Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds & older, bred in New Mexico
5 ½ furlongs

Winner: Rose's Desert (Desert God-Miss Glen Rose by Peaks And Valleys)
Owner & Breeder: Joe Peacock (NM)
Trainer: Todd Fincher
Jockey: Casey Lambert
Winning Time: 1:02.71
Winning Margin: 3 ½ lengths
Odds: 4-5 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish): Shemoves, Cali Baby, Funnyoushouldask, I Am Lesters Gal, Negotiablafections, Dream Kin, Gossip Dome, Ransomsgoodfriday, and Iplaytricks.

HARRY HENSON HANDICAP
Purse, $103,000
Fillies and mares, 3-year-olds & older
One mile

Winner: Twelve Twenty Two
Owner: J. Kirk & Judy Robison and Solitaire Stable
Breeder: Jeffrey T. Berk (FL)
Trainer: Henry Dominguez
Jockey: Luis Contreras
Winning Time: 1:35.72
Winning Margin: 12 ¼ lengths
Odds: 6-5 (favorite)
Also ran (in order of finish): Kayce Ace, Remit, Pick And Pray, and Pyrite On My Mind.


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