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Las Vegas, NV - Del Mar in Southern California will play host to the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on Sunday, September 6. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's turf track.
A field of seven will take to the track in the Del Mar Derby - race 7 on Del Mar's Sunday schedule. Post time is 5:10 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all seven combatants for this Grade 2 stakes.
Prospect Park - has 10 career starts with three wins, four seconds and a third place finish and was on the Triple Crown trail before and irregular blood count derailed that plan. He has been very good this summer - a win last time out in his grass debut by 4 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap at this distance here August 9 followed a pair of respectable runner-up finishes - the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby in July and the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes in June. He also had a somewhat disappointing fourth at 3-1 odds in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby April 4 after a decent second behind Dortmund in his graded stakes debut- the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes with a career best 102 Beyer Speed Figure March 7. He has three wins and three second place finishes in his last seven starts overall and hopes keep the roll going from gate 2 with Kent Desormeaux guiding him.
Soul Driver - has nine career starts for trainer Jeff Mullins with three wins, two seconds and a third place finish and enters on the heels of two of his three wins - both minor stakes. Last time out was a win in the Oceanside Stakes here July 16 while followed a win by 4 1/2 lengths in the Singletary Stakes at Santa Anita in June. He does have two graded stakes starts - both were fifth place finishes - the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate in February and the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes on this track in November. Soul Driver will be out to keep the present streak going and to place in graded stakes company for the first time from post 3 with Mike Smith in the reins.
Om - has six career starts for trainer Dan Hendricks with two wins, a second and a third place finish. He has placed in three straight races ahead of this weekend - a second as favorite behind Prospect Park in the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap here last time out August 9 followed a third in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 Affirmed and a dominating 2 1/4 length Allowance Optional Claiming score at Santa Anita in May. Om is one of two horses to ever beat American Pharoah - by 7 1/4 lengths back in August and has been steadily improving this summer. He will be looking for a first ever graded stakes score from gate 6 with Hall-of-Fame jockey Gary Stevens aboard./p>
Papacoolpapacool - Phil D'Amato trained gelding had a nice three race win streak earlier this year - the minor La Puenta Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita April 18, the minor Pasadena Stakes on that same track in March and an Allowance Optional Claiming score also there in February but has failed to place in his last three starts overall. Last time out was a fourth in the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap here August 6 after a fifth in the minor Oceanside Stakes on this track in July and a seventh in the Penn Mile in May. Papacoolpapacool now has four wins, a second and a third place finish in 11 career starts and will be hoping to rediscover his early/2015 form when he leaves from gate 4 with Tiago Pereira in the irons.
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Crittenden - Eoin Harty trained gelding has three wins, a second and a third place finish in nine career starts. He has been a tad been up and down in his career so far. Last time out was a fifth in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes August 15, a good second in the Grade 3 American Derby July 11 (both results at Arlington) and a win in the minor P D J F Stakes at Indiana Grand in May. He has placed in just one of three graded stakes tries so far and will be after his first victory against top company Sunday. Rafael Bejarano rides from the outside post 7.
Royal Albert Hall - Doug O'Neill trained British bred gelding had a win, two seconds and a third place finish in five starts at home before shipping and has been OK in six starts in North America. Last time out was a third in his graded stakes debut - the Grade 3 La Jolla Handicap here August 9. It followed a third in the minor Oceanside Stakes in July, a fourth in the minor Singletary Stakes at Santa Anita in June and a pair of seconds in Allowance races in May. Royal Albert Hall will be after his first graded stakes score and his first win overall since January when he leaves from post 5 with Flavien Prat guiding him.
Win the Space - George Papaprodromou trained colt has six career starts and finally broke maiden last time out in his sixth career start. He failed to place in his previous three starts including a sixth in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby in April. Win the Space hopes that his win last time out is a sign of things to come - the rule rather than the exception. Joe Talamo has been tabbed with maintaining the momentum from the rail.
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