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How Did He Do That was declared the sole winner of the 2023 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows after the Steve Asmussen trainee initially crossed 1st in a dead heat with One in Vermillion, who was disqualified for causing interference. Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!
Pacesetter One in Vermillion and How Did He Do That arrived at the finish line in a dead heat for first in the $250,000 Iowa Derby on Saturday at Prairie Meadows, but following a foul claim and stewards’ inquiry, Kirk and Judy Robison’s How Did He Do That was determined to be the winner and One in Vermillion was placed second for interference.
A Good Magic colt ridden by Richard Eramia, 48-1 longshot How Did He Do That crossed the wire in unison with 7-1 One in Vermillion to his inside while 21-1 Heroic Move finished outside of the top two, a half-length back in third.
Heroic Move’s jockey, Stewart Elliott, lodged an objection against How Did He Do That and One in Vermillion under Harry Hernandez.
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Stewards ruled that One in Vermillion drifted out in deep stretch under Hernandez’s left-handing urging, impeding both How Did He Do That and Heroic Move, costing How Did He Do That the win but deciding Heroic Move would not have improved upon his third.
One in Vermillion broke on top and set the early tempo of :23.22 for the opening quarter mile, :47.56 for the half, and 1:11.84 for six furlongs while leading Bo Cruz by 1 1/2 lengths. How Did He Do That, midfield in the early going, bid three wide nearing the quarter pole and challenged One in Vermillion at the top of lane. He dueled outside One in Vermillion before he was bumped in deep stretch and finished on even terms before being declared the winner.
Time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:43.57 on a fast track.
How Did He Do That, who is trained by Steve Asmussen, improved his record to 3-1-0 from 11 starts and landed his second stakes win after taking the 2022 Zia Park Juvenile last November. Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC, the bay colt is out of the Storm Cat mare Stormin Maggy. Offered by Warrendale Sales at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling sale, he sold to the Robisons for $190,000. The $148,800 winner’s share of the Iowa Derby purse boosted his lifetime purse earnings to $299,053.
How Did He Do That returned $98 for the win.
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