Santa Catalina S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8.5f ,)

BROTHER DEREK (B h, 122 lb) $120,000
Benchmark —Miss Soft Sell , by Siyah Kalem
B—Mary H. Caldwell, CA.; O—Cecil N. Peacock; T—Dan L. Hendricks

Sacred Light (GR/RO g, 115 lb) $40,000
Holy Bull —Summer Glimmer , by Summer Squall
B—Amerman Racing LLC, KY.; O—Amerman Racing LLC; T—David E. Hofmans

Latent Heat (B h, 118 lb) $24,000
Maria's Mon —True Flare , by Capote
B—Juddmonte Farms Inc, KY.; O—Juddmonte Farms, Inc.; T—Robert J. Frankel

Margins: 1¾, 2¾, 3¾. Others: Mister Triester 116($12,000) , Hawkinsville 116($4,000) , Blazing Sunset 115 , Niagara Causeway 115 , Objective 117 . Winning Jockey, Alex O. Solis.

Brother Derek strengthened his role as West Coast favorite for the spring classics for owner Cecil Peacock while running his win streak to three with a victory in the March 4 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita. The son of California stallion Benchmark won by 13/4 lengths, but came out of the race with a cut above his coronet band on his left front foot. The injury is not expected to hinder his preparation for the April 8 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).

Santa Anita, in an attempt to honor the late California breeder/owner Robert Lewis, has changed the name of the Santa Catalina to the Robert B. Lewis Memorial starting next year. Lewis died Feb. 17. His widow, Beverly, presented this year’s winning trophy.

Keeneland auctioneer Cris Caldwell, whose mother, Mary, is the breeder of Brother Derek, applauded the decision. “It was a nice part by Santa Anita,” he said. “Mom and Dad go way back with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis. Mom took his death very hard.”

Brother Derek, who was foaled at Patricia Youngman’s Pepper Oaks Farm near Santa Ynez, Calif., was raised at Mary Caldwell’s farm near Eagle Point, Ore. “Grew up on good Oregon grass,” said Cris, who followed his late father, Tom, in the auctioneer business.

Tom Caldwell, who was the breeder of Brother Derek’s first three dams, served as director of auctions at Keeneland. Cris’ brother, Scot, also is employed as a Keeneland auctioneer.

Brother Derek’s dam, Miss Soft Sell, never raced. “She was a big, growthy, Quarter Horse-like mare, but had a bad front end, so Dad was worried about racing her,” said Cris Caldwell.

Although she didn’t race, Miss Soft Sell has more than made up for it as a broodmare. She also is the dam of Brother Derek’s stakes-winning full brother, Don’tsellmeshort, who raced for Peacock, and stakes-placed Swissle Stick. She is the granddam of stakes winner Swiss Bounty.

Mary Caldwell consigned Brother Derek through Brookdale Sales, agent, to the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale, where the colt was bought by John Brocklebank, agent, for $150,000. “John’s a good judge of horses,” Cris Caldwell said.

Peacock, who is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is in the oil and energy business, bought Brother Derek for $275,000 through trainer Dan Hendricks, agent, at the 2005 Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Already named, Brother Derek was consigned by B.C.3. Thoroughbreds, agent for Timberline.

Benchmark has sired 10 added-money winners, including additional 2006 stakes winner Proposed (gr. II). Benchmark stands for $10,000 at Martin and Pam Wygod’s River Edge Farm near Buellton, Calif.—D.S.