Outofthebox, a runner-up in each of his four previous stakes starts, earned his first career stakes win in Sunday's $500,000 Super Derby (gr. I) on a muddy track at Louisiana Downs.
Heavily favored E Dubai set a sizzling early pace (:22.95 and :46.16) while pressured by 54-1 longshot Rare Cure with Outofthebox last of nine after a half-mile. In the subsequent quarter-mile, E Dubai began to pull away from Rare Cure while racing six furlongs in 1:10.51 under John Velazquez, with Outofthebox ahead of only Seattle Night. As E Dubai ran the next quarter-mile in :27.38, Outofthebox and jockey Lonnie Meche began to pick off rivals while racing wide and advanced to second place –- 2 1/2 lengths behind E Dubai –- at the stretch call. Outofthebox continued to close into the ever slowing pace and edged Godolphin's E Dubai by a half-length at the wire, completing the 1 1/4 miles in 2:06.20.
E Dubai finished three lengths ahead of 32-1 longshot Quadrophonic Sound. Discreet Hero came home fourth, followed by Royal Spy, Until Sundown, Rare Cure, Wow, and Seattle Night.
The win is the third on the year and second of the month for the Bernard Flint-trained Outofthebox, who won a Saratoga allowance race on Sept. 1 and a Gulfstream Park allowance on Jan. 3. The 3-year-old son of Montbrook finished second in the Florida Derby (gr. I), the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), the What A Pleasure Stakes (gr. III), and the restricted Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes. Ocala Stud Farms bred Outofthebox in Florida. Outofthebox earned $300,000 for owners Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein with the win, his fifth in 13 career starts.
Outofthebox returned $14.80, $3.20, and $2.10. E Dubai paid $2.20 and $2.10. Quadrophonic Sound paid $2.10 to show. The winning exacta combination returned $40.80. (Chart, Equibase