Won at 2NORFOLK S.
(gr. II , 8.5f , defeating A. P. Warrior, Jealous Profit, Plug Me In, Say Tomorrow, Long Rider, The Pharaoh, Nonino ).
If trainer Dan Hendricks has his way, Brother Derek will make his next appearance in the Oct. 29 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Belmont Park. Brother Derek earned his shot at the $1.5-million race following an impressive three-quarter length win in the Oct. 2 Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
The win in the 11/16-mile race made Brother Derek the first California-bred juvenile to win the Norfolk since Free House in 1996.
Hendricks conditions Brother Derek for Canadian owner Cecil Peacock, who purchased the son of Benchmark for $275,000 at the 2005 Barretts March 2-year-olds in training sale from the consignment of Timberline, B.C. 3 Thoroughbreds, agent. The colt was originally purchased for $150,000 by bloodstock agent John Brocklebank at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Brookdale Sales, agent.
Peacock has celebrated stakes wins with runners such as Digital Dan (Can-III), Bobbin for Stars, Liberty Road, Pair of Purdys, and Don’tsellmeshort, a full brother to Brother Derek.
Peacock purchased Don’tsellmeshort for $75,000 at the 2003 Barretts May 2-year-olds in training sale from the consignment of New Episode Training Center, agent. The colt was originally consigned by Hidden Springs Ranch, agent, to the 2002 Arizona October fall mixed sale where he failed to meet his reserve and was bought back for $13,000.
Mary Caldwell bred Brother Derek in California from the unraced Siyah Kalem mare Miss Soft Sell. The mare has a yearling Swiss Yodeler colt and her 2005 Silver Charm foal died.
Benchmark is the sire of nine added-money winners, including 2005 stakes winners A to the Z (gr. IIT) and Red Warrior. Benchmark stands at River Edge Farm near Buellton, Calif. His 2005 fee was $7,500.—L.D.
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