The win is the third on the year and second of the month for the Bernard Flint-trained Outofthebox, who won a Saratoga allowance race on Sept. 1 and a Gulfstream Park allowance on Jan. 3. The 3-year-old son of Montbrook finished second in the Florida Derby (gr. I), the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), the What A Pleasure Stakes (gr. III), and the restricted Florida Stallion In Reality Stakes. Ocala Stud Farms bred Outofthebox in Florida. Outofthebox earned $300,000 for owners Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein with the win, his fifth in 13 career starts.Outofthebox returned $14.80, $3.20, and $2.10. E Dubai paid $2.20 and $2.10. Quadrophonic Sound paid $2.10 to show. The winning exacta combination returned $40.80. (Chart, Equibase)
Outofthebox, a runner-up in each of his four previous stakes starts, earned his first career stakes win in Sunday's $500,000 Super Derby (gr. I) on a muddy track at Louisiana Downs.Heavily favored E Dubai set a sizzling early pace (:22.95 and :46.16) while pressured by 54-1 longshot Rare Cure with Outofthebox last of nine after a half-mile. In the subsequent quarter-mile, E Dubai began to pull away from Rare Cure while racing six furlongs in 1:10.51 under John Velazquez, with Outofthebox ahead of only Seattle Night. As E Dubai ran the next quarter-mile in :27.38, Outofthebox and jockey Lonnie Meche began to pick off rivals while racing wide and advanced to second place –- 2 1/2 lengths behind E Dubai –- at the stretch call. Outofthebox continued to close into the ever slowing pace and edged Godolphin's E Dubai by a half-length at the wire, completing the 1 1/4 miles in 2:06.20.E Dubai finished three lengths ahead of 32-1 longshot Quadrophonic Sound. Discreet Hero came home fourth, followed by Royal Spy, Until Sundown, Rare Cure, Wow, and Seattle Night.