Thursday, November 29th, 2018   ( 5 months ago )

East Vs. West in Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby Saturday

Raging Bull | DMTC

Raging Bull © Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

It’ll be East Versus West Saturday when 14 talented three-year-olds clash in the Grade I $300,000 Hollywood Derby at a mile and one-eighth over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Have At It, Raging Bull, Instilled Regard, Way Early and Carrick, all of whom are based on the East Coast, will take on the home team comprised of Kazan, Risky Proposition, River Boyne, Fight On, Desert Stone, Platinum Warrior, Pubilius Syrus and Prince Earl in a wide-open betting affair for the sophomore championship of Del Mar’s fall race meet.

Certain to attract strong support is the Irish-bred River Boyne, winner of the La Jolla Handicap, third in the Del Mar Derby and, most recently, victor in the Twilight Derby at Santa Anita November 4. Regular rider Flavien Prat has the call from trainer Jeff Mullins.

Chad Brown, the 2017 Eclipse Award-winning trainer, will send out French-bred Raging Bull, winner of the Saranac at Saratoga last summer and fifth as the favorite in the Hill Prince, and Instilled Regard, fourth to Justify in the Kentucky Derby when he was trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and, most recently, unplaced in the Pennsylvania Derby. Joel Rosario has the assignment on Raging Bull, while Florent Geroux will pilot Instilled Regard.

Have At It, to be ridden by David Cohen for conditioner Christophe Clement,  and Desert Stone, Tyler Baze, were second and third behind River Boyne in the Twilight Derby, beaten only a half-length.

Coming into the Hollywood Derby fresh from victories are Risky Proposition (Joe Talamo), winner of the Let It Ride Stakes November 10 at Del Mar, and the filly California Gold Rush (Rafael Bejarano), successful in the Sands Point at Belmont Park for trainer Neil Drysdale in mid-September.

Other Hollywood Derby entrants are Kazan (Brice Blanc), runner-up to Ride a Comet in the Del Mar Derby; Fight On (Alonso Quinonez), Platinum Warrior (Drayden Van Dyke), Way Early (Angel Cruz), Carrick (Kent Desormeaux), hero of the Secretariat last summer; Pubilius Syrus (Edwin Maldonado), and Prince Earl (Tiago Pereira).

The Hollywood Derby will be the seventh on a nine-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m. on the next-to-last day of the 16-day fall racing season. The meeting concludes Sunday featuring the Grade I $300,000 Matriarch Stakes for older fillies and mares at nine furlongs on the grass.