Review of Hollywood Derby, Grade I on Turf, at Del Mar on Saturday

Race 7. Hollywood Derby, Grade I on Turf. For three-year -old at 1 1/8 mile on turf. Purse $300,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Have At It David Cohen Christophe Clement 6/1
2 Kazan Brice Blanc Simon Callaghan 20/1
3 Risky Proposition Joseph Talamo William Spawr 20/1
4 River Boyne Flavien Prat Jeff Mullins 5/2
5 Fight On Alonso Quinonez Doug O’Neill 20/1
6 Raging Bull Joel Rosario Chad Brown 7/2
7 Instilled Regard Florent Geroux Chad Brown 12/1
8 Desert Stone Tyler Baze Richard Baltas 8/1
9 Platinum Warrior Drayden Van Dyke John Sadler 12/1
10 Way Early Angel Cruz George Weaver 30/1
11 Carrick Kent  Desormeaux Thomas Morley 8/1
12 Pubilius Syrus Edwin  Maldonado Vladimir Cerin 30/1
13 Prince Earl Tiago Josue Pereira Philip D’Amato 20/1
14 Californiagoldrush Rafael Bejarano Neil Drysdale 12/1


River Boyne overcame a wide trip in his last start to secure the win as the favorite in the Twilight Derby. He runs well at Del Mar but does his best work at Santa Anita, where he’s 5-for-5. He should be the one to beat.

Have At It ran second  in the Twilight Derby. Joel Rosario rode him last time, but he has chosen to ride on Raging Bull. He won the Hill Prince at Belmont on Oct. 6. He runs well from the rail post should have a ground saving stalking trip.

Raging Bull ran poorly in the Hill Prince. He ran well in his first five turf starts and could easily bounce back today. He should be running at the leaders down the stretch and has the ability to out kick the field down the stretch to the wire.

Kazan has improved this year and finished in front of River Boyne in the Del Mar Derby at this course/distance on September 2. He need a solid, honest pace to have any chance of winning. He could be on the board with a little racing luck.

Instilled Regard tries the turf and needs to find his favorite racing surface. He is a Grade dirt winner. He has been training on the turf for the last month. He should be stalking the leaders and try to out kick the field down the lane. He should be in top six at the wire.

Prince Earl has shown lots of talent, but he ran fourth as the favorite in the Let It Ride. He removes blinkers in his fourth start. He likes to be near the front or the one setting the pace.

Risky Proposition surprised a weaker field in the Let It Ride Stakes at 22-1. He will have to improve again to compete here.

Fight On was fifth in the Let it Ride Stakes and will have to run much better to be on the board.

Desert Stone exits finishing third in the Twilight Derby. In his two local turf tries, he was sixth in the Del Mar Derby and fourth in the Oceanside.

Platinum Warrior likes to stalk the field as he shown both U. S. starts, the Secretariat and Twilight Derby. He needs a strong pace to have a chance against this field. He has a chance of running in top five.

Way Early is over matched against this field. He finished second 20/1 odds in the Penn Mile earlier this year, against a weaker field.

Carrick did not run well on the soft turf against a solid field the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Sept. 29. He ran well in his first four turf starts including an upset victory in the Secretariat. He has a chance of running in top five.

Pubilius Syrus finished ninth in the Twilight Derby and Del Mar Derby. He best racing is probably one mile against Allowance Optional Claimers.

Californiagoldrush won her last race the Sands Point at Belmont Park on September. 15. She ran third in the Del Mar Oaks on August 8.  Her career record for four starts is 3-0-1. She will need to overcome her poor post position and have a fast pace have a chance of winning. She has a chance of running in top six.

Our Top Three Picks

    • Raging Bull
    • Have At It
    • Instilled Regard





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