Longshot Takin It Deep Takes Cal' Derby Over Early Flyer; Startac Fourth
Takin It Deep, running in last place after a half-mile, rallied to upset favored Early Flyer and Startac in the $200,000 California Derby at Bay Meadows Saturday. Early Flyer finished a half-length back in second, followed by Sirpa, Startac, Stocks Are Rising, Othersideofthehill, and Wa Dancer.A 10-1 shot on the morning line, Takin It Deep was sent off at 21-1 under jockey Jose Arriaga and returned $44.20, $6.40, and $2.10 while topping an exacta worth $55.10. The Cal-bred son of Beau Genius--Here's Lookn Adder, by Superbity, stopped the timer after 1 1/8 miles run in 1:49.25 on a fast track. He earned $110,000 for owner M. A. Douzos with the win, his third in six starts and first in a stakes race. He is trained by Gil Matos and was bred by Billingsley Creek Ranch."It felt great to win. This is my biggest win ever," Arriaga said. Early Flyer returned $2.40 and $2.10, and Sirpa paid $2.10 to show.