Three last-time-out graded stakes winners will look for a second graded score in a row in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) Oct. 17 at Hawthorne Racecourse.
Preston Stables' One Go All Go won at the Hawthorne Derby distance (1 1/8 miles) last time out Sept. 19, when the Fairbanks colt took the Commonwealth Derby (gr. IIT) at Laurel Park in gate-to-wire fashion at odds of 35-1. The Commonwealth Derby was the first graded victory for One Go All Go, as well as the first for trainer Pavel Matejka, and jockey Ronald Hisby, who will return to ride Saturday.
BALAN: One Go All Go Upsets Commonwealth Derby
Augustin Stable's Lucky Lindy also won at 1 1/8 miles last time out, but it came over Woodbine's synthetic main track Sept. 20 in the Ontario Derby (Can-III). The Harlan's Holiday colt stalked the pace and pounced at the top of the stretch to win by 3 3/4 lengths.
BALAN: Lucky Lindy Breaks Through in Ontario Derby
He hasn't been able to win in three starts on turf, but hasn't been far off, with two second-place finishes (one in a stakes) and a third in the Breeders' Stakes.
Sultan Bin Michal Stables' Saham completes the trio and is the most recent winner, coming off the Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) Sept. 26 at Churchill Downs, where he defeated fellow graded winner Syntax, who will also try the Hawthorne Derby.
ANGST: Saham Breaks Through in Jefferson Cup
Jefferson Cup favorite Nun the Less (he finished seventh) is also entered in the Hawthorne Derby, along with fellow graded stakes-placed runner Granny's Kitten. Stakes winner Net Gain, allowance victor Chip Leader, and stakes-placed winners Wireless Future, Mission Driven, Nucifera, and Belomor complete the field.
Hawthorne Race Course, Saturday, October 17, 2015, Race 8
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Wireless Future (KY) Drayden Van Dyke 114 Chris Richard 8/1 2 2Mission Driven (KY) Julio E. Felix 114 Wayne M. Catalano 10/1 3 3Nun the Less (KY) Edgar Perez 122 Chris M. Block 12/1 4 4Lucky Lindy (ON) Robby Albarado 120 Mark R. Frostad 10/1 5 5Net Gain (IA) Timothy Thornton 114 William I. Mott 15/1 6 6Granny's Kitten (PA) Emmanuel Esquivel 114 Michael J. Maker 8/1 7 7Syntax (IRE) Christopher A. Emigh 122 William I. Mott 8/1 8 8Saham (PA) Joseph Rocco, Jr. 120 Brendan P. Walsh 4/1 9 9Nucifera (KY) Alex Cintron 114 H. Graham Motion 9/2 10 10Belomor (ON) Carlos Montalvo 114 Pavel Vashchenko 30/1 11 11One Go All Go (VA) Ronald Hisby 122 Pavel Matejka 6/1 12 12Chip Leader (KY) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 114 Louie J. Roussel, III 20/1 13 13Flashy Jewel (KY) Santo Sanjur 114 Clay Brinson 30/1