Check out all the latest podcasts including Blinkers Off and The Magic Mike Show
Check out all the big upcoming stakes races
DEL MAR, CA – John Oxley and My Meadowview Farm’s Ride a Comet shipped in to take on the west coast’s top 3-year-old turfers and was able to top them all at the wire for his first graded stakes score in Sunday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Del Mar Derby.
Breaking well from post 8 under Drayden Van Dyke, Ride a Comet sat off near the rear of the field while Take the One O One set the early pace through fractions of :23.97, :48.26, and 1:12.68. Heading into the far turn, the even-money favorite River Boyne moved up to take command while Ride a Comet waited patiently for room to run. Finding a hole through which he could explode off the far turn, Ride a Comet was tipped out to run three-wide and chased down River Boyne, collaring him in the final 1/16. The Mark Casse trainee held off a late bid from Kazan on his outside to win the 1 1/8-mile event by 1 1/2 lengths in a final time of 1:48.11.
“They told me he was real classy and that he had a nice kick,” said Van Dyke, who now holds a 40-37 edge in the meet’s jockey standings over Flavien Prat, who rode River Boyne. “That was all I knew (about Ride a Comet). He warmed up real well and gave me confidence. During the race, it all came up perfect. Good trip all the way. When I swung him out, he gave me a big kick. I knew right then we were going to win it.”
Kazan took second over River Boyne by a 1/2-length, with Majestic Eagle a neck behind in fourth. Restrainedvengence took fifth, while Desert Stone nosed out sixth over Arawak. Completing the order came Epical, Pubilius Syrus, Andesh, Take the One O One, and Animosity, who reared up in the gate and was beind held by the assistant starter when the gates opened, so he was declared a non-starter.
Ride a Comet’s win was his third in his last four outings and improved his overall record to 10-5-0-1. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride increased his career bankroll to $305,856 in the longest start of his career.
“Mark gave the instructions to Drayden,” said Randi Melton, assistant to Casse. “‘Good luck, safe trip’ was all he said. I thought there was enough pace up front and Drayden had him in a perfect position. He was sitting just off the pace, like you would hope, and turning for home, he just took off, and I started getting really excited. First time you go a mile and 1/8, there’s always a question mark, but we were pretty confident.”
Ride a Comet returned $13.60 to win, $7 to place, and $4 to show. Kazan brought back $38.20 to place and $12.60 to show, while River Boyne paid $2.40 to show.
The Racing Dudes preview four 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) and… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets… Read More
Aaron and Papa Dude are here to give their picks… Read More
The Magic Mike Show guys discuss the latest updates for… Read More
The Racing Dudes preview four 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) prep… Read More
Forte won the 2023 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park… Read More
Angel of Empire won the 2023 Arkansas Derby (G1) at… Read More
Wet Paint won the 2023 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn… Read More
Affirmative Lady won the 2023 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) at… Read More
Mike previews the 2023 American Stakes (G3) from Santa Anita… Read More
Looking to cash in big?
Sign up for exclusive 10% discount on orders, plus be the first to access our daily free and premium horse racing picks, articles, podcasts, and more!