European Duo, Showing Up Due for Hollywood Derby

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Ivan Denisovich, stabled with Aidan O'Brien in Ireland, and Vega's Lord, conditioned by Peter Rau in Germany, are scheduled to arrive in Southern California Monday for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) after a flight from Europe, racing secretary Martin Panza confirmed Thursday.

In addition, trainer Barclay Tagg confirmed from New York Thursday that Showing Up, the probable favorite in the race, would show up in California Tuesday for the 1 ¼-mile test.

"So far, so good," said Tagg. Showing Up has six wins in eight starts, including three-for-four on grass. He comes off a 3 ½-length victory in the Jamaica Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) for 3-year-olds at Belmont Oct. 14 under regular rider Cornelio Velasquez.

Ivan Denisovich, by Danehill out of champion mare Hollywood Wildcat, has won three of 13 starts. He won a listed stake in Ireland on Sept. 17 before finishing eighth in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot on Sept. 23. He finished second to Showing Up in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington in August.

Vega's Lord broke his maiden in his second start in Hamburg in July and finished second in a group II stake in Cologne on Sept. 23.

Expected to join the trio are Dark Islander, Obrigado, Crested, Kip Deville, Zann and possibly Brother Derek and On Board Again.

Brother Derek, a multiple stakes winner on dirt, worked on grass for the first time Thursday at Hollywood Park.

"He was a little apprehensive at first but he leveled off and settled down," said trainer Dan Hendricks after a three-furlong breeze in :36 2/5 under exercise rider Cisco Alvarado. "Cisco said he felt as good on grass as he does on dirt."

Hendricks said that Brother Derek, winner of the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) last year as well as the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) in April, would return for another drill on the grass Sunday before he made a final decision on the Hollywood Derby.

"We'll do a little more with him Sunday, not really work him, but just to get him comfortable," said Hendricks. "A mile and a quarter on turf is interesting. He's physically fit but has to be ready mentally. He came out of the Breeders' Cup as fit as he's ever been."

Brother Derek ran fifth in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in his last start.