Corey Nakatani aboard Chiropractor after winning the 2015 Hollywood Derby
The feature race on Saturday at Del Mar was the $300,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were excellent as usual at the seaside oval with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60's. Om was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the full field of 14 off his wins in the Del Mar Derby (G2) and the Twilight Derby (G2). In to challenge him included 8-1 second choice Closing Bell, second in the Secretariat (G1) at Arlington, and 9-1 third choice Mister Brightside, runner-up in the Twilight Derby after shipping in from England.
Chiropractor leads down the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Chiropractor Nakatani 30.80 18.00 6.00 11 March Bejarano 14.80 6.80 5 Om Stevens 2.60 Winning Time: 1:48.87 $1 Exacta 4-11 172.40 $2 Quinella 4-11 221.60 $1 Trifecta 4-11-5 624.40 $1 Superfecta 4-11-5-6 6,625.50Results Chart
Left: Chiropractor in the winner's circle. Aimee Dollase, assistant to trainer Tom Proctor said, "Tremendous race. Very good ride. Nice horse. Tom had a lot of confidence in him, that's why we went in this race. Very good day. Just awesome."
Right: Chiropractor in the post parade. Winning jockey Corey Nakatani said, "What a great outfit to ride for. Tom always has them ready. I asked him if he wanted me to do anything special, but he said, no, just ride your race. Get him to settle and you'll be fine. With these kind of races, the pace is the key. And that worked well for us today. The colt was full of himself today and when it came time he fired."
Left: Second place finisher March in the paddock. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "A good race for him. No excuses for me. We were in a good spot; we had a good trip. We were just outfinished."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Om in the paddock. Jockey Gary Stevens said, "It was a super effort by this horse today. He threw a fit in the starting gate. We had all kinds of problems; he kicked the you-know-what out of it. He was good during the running though. He wasn't pulling. He ran his race and ran well. We just got beat."
Family Meeting wins the Jimmy Durante Stakes (G3)
Left: Family Meeting in the winner's circle. Aimee Dollase, assistant to winning trainer Tom Proctor said, "She's a nice filly. It's hard to step up to a stakes coming off a maiden win but she showed some class today. She comes from off the pace, so the way the race unfolded was good for her."
Right: Family Meeting returns after the race. Winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke said, "She's a little green; she hasn't quite figured it all out yet. She was idling on me. But I could feel I had a ton of horse under me, so I just wanted to keep her calm. When it came time she went. She's a good one. Can't wait to see what she does next."
Left: Second place finisher Mokat in the paddock. Jockey Corey Nakatani said, "It was good for me – good trip, good try. She just broke her maiden and here she is in with the stakes horses. This course has some cut to it and she ran dynamite on it today."
Right: Third place finisher Sutton's Smile returns after the race. Jockey Victor Espinoza said, "No problems with my horse. She ran good. She's the kind that will improve as she gets older too. The future is bright."
Tenth place finisher and beaten favorite Riri in the post parade. The 2-1 choice stalked the pace under Rafael Bejarano early but weakened in the final 3/16 mile to finish 10th beaten 6 lengths. The Phil D'Amato trainee has a record of 2 wins, 0 seconds, and 0 thirds in 3 starts, earning $63,250 for owners Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing.
Dortmund wins the Native Diver Stakes (G3)
Left: Dortmund in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Gary Stevens said, "He's as big as Point Given was. When I got legged up, I felt like I was going back in time. He's a big, long-striding horse. He's got a big engine. I didn't know how much acceleration he had, but he hit another gear at the 5/16 pole. He's got sprinter speed, but he acts like he can run 1 1/4 miles."
Right: Dortmund in the paddock before the race.
Left: Second place finisher Imperative in the paddock before the race. The 7-2 third choice sat back 4th 2 1/2 lengths off the pace under Mario Gutierrez, then rallied to get second beaten 4 1/2 lengths. The Richard Baltas trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 6 seconds, and 3 thirds in 27 starts, earning $1,693,120 for owner KM Rcacing Enterprise Inc.
Right: Third place finisher Iron Fist in the post parade. The 3-1 second choice was last 2 3/4 lengths back under Mike Smith then passed tiring horses to get third beaten 6 lengths. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, earning $415,600 for owners Regis Farms and Stonestreet Stables.
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