Peachtree Stable's homebred Mythical Power, runner-up in the Sunland Derby most recently, took over at the top of the lane under Victor Espinoza and drew off for a resounding, 7 1/2-length victory in the $400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) (VIDEO) May 9.
It was the second win in the last three starts for Mythical Power, who broke his maiden March 6 at Santa Anita in his third try. The son of Congaree--School for Scandal, by Is It True is trained by Bob Baffert. This was the bay colt's first stakes win.
Sent of as the even-money favorite in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Mythical Power stopped the clock in 1:42.79 for 1 1/16 miles over Lone Star’s main track. Longshot Red Lead, who led at the quarter-pole, stayed on gamely for runner-up under Eddie Martin Jr., 1 1/2 lengths better than third-place Dumar.
Mayor Marv, Baffert's other entry, set the early pace by clicking off moderate fractions of :23.68 and :47.47 with David Flores aboard. Red Lead stayed right on the leader’s heels through the backstretch, while Mythical Power raced in third.
Mythical Power inched closer to the front-runners around the far turn and it was not long after they straightened away that he took over from Red Lead, extending his advantage with every stride.
“He’s a nice horse to ride with a lot of natural speed,” said Espinoza. “I rode him in his first start and I thought he was the type of horse who would like going longer. He’s still learning and has a lot of potential.”
Now 2-2-1 from five starts, Kentucky-bred Mythical Power has earned $458,000.