Del Mar Derby (Grade II) (Second Division)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
EDWIN MALDONADO (Ethnic Dance, winner) – “John (trainer John Sadler) said ‘You’re going to be either first or second,’ and that’s just how it worked out. I knew the other speed was the 6 horse (Olympic Blue), and when he didn’t go for the front, I took advantage of it. I knew I was going slow out there and I was loving it. When we hit the half-mile pole, I knew I was on the horse to beat. Everytime one of them would inch up to him, he’d let out a notch; all on his own. He’s a nice horse and he’s very game.”
JOSEPH TALAMO (Infinite Magic, second) – “He’s a nice horse. He showed it. We needed more pace to run at, but that just didn’t happen today. But he’s an impressive one.”
COREY NAKATANI (Den’s Legacy, third) – “My horse clipped the heels of the winner coming by the gap (in the stretch). He bobbled and changed leads on me. But it wasn’t going to make that much difference. He ran well.”
GARRETT GOMEZ (Dice Flavor, 10th) – “He’s a problem child. I couldn’t get him in. He was throwing his head and being all rank on me. His people know it; they work with him. He’ll get it figured out one of these days.”
JOHN SADLER (Ethnic Dance, winner) -- “The fractions looked favorable. It didn’t look like there was a lot of speed when I was handicapping the race, so I told Edwin (Maldonado) I would be very happy if he was out in front or sitting second on a slow pace. He rode a good race. He really kept him relaxed and this is an improving horse."
SPLITS: :24.66 :49.45 1:13.80 1:37.09 1:48.24
The stakes win was third of the meet for Maldonado, but his first in the Del Mar Derby. He now has four stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the fifth of the meet for Sadler and his third in the Del Mar Derby. He now has 46 stakes wins at Del Mar and is currently the meet’s leading trainer with 25 firsts.
Ethnic Dance is owned by the Craig Stables of Jenny Craig of Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Michael Bello of Newport Beach, CA.