Lattice rallied in the middle of the course to get the lead in the final strides, winning the $250,000 American Derby (gr. IIT) (VIDEO), presented by Jack Daniel’s, by three-quarters of a length over Going Ballistic on the turf Saturday at Arlington Park. Lattice gave jockey Robby Albarado his fifth win of the afternoon.
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s 3-year-old son of Arch--Lateral (Rahy) got the 1 3/16-mile distance over good going in a stakes record time of 1:54.85.
“I had an outside spot," Albarado said. "I was able to punch on him when I needed to. They stretched the race out so much turning for home – he kicked all right. He’s a nice colt. He’s been getting better every time.”
Trained by Bill Mott, who recorded his third straight American Derby victory, the homebred colt rebounded from a fourth-place finish in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs in his last start. The win, his first in stakes competition, was his third in five starts overall. He earned $144,000 to nearly triple his bankroll to $219,699.
Lovango set the pace in the race in fractions of :23.05, :47.22, 1:11.78 and 1:36.67 before giving way in the stretch.
Going Ballistic also made a late bid to get the place money, 1 1/4 lengths clear of Eighteenthofmarch, who edged 8-5 choice Pleasant Strike for third by a neck in the nine-horse field.
“My horse broke well and I got him to relax real nice,” said Cliff Berry, rider of the runner-up. “I started making my move and we got jammed up a little and I was stuck for a second before I could get out. It might have been enough to cost me the race. He ran real hard.”
Pleasant Strike, favored off his 3 3/4-length win in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT), was followed by Perfect Casting, Lovango, Sumac, Quasicobra and Self Made Man.
“I had a perfect trip,” said Rene Douglas, who rode the beaten favorite. “My horse just didn’t pull the trigger today. I was where I wanted to be and then when I tried to follow Robby Albarado (on the winner) he just didn’t kick it in like he did last time.”
Sent off as the third choice, Lattice paid $9.40, $5 and $4.20. Going Ballistic returned $7.20 and $5. Eighteenthofmarch paid $9.80.