Gonzalez and Forty Acres opened up a clear advantage by the time they reached the first turn and enjoyed a lonely lead in the 1 1/16-mile event down the backstretch. Forty Acres opened up by four lengths in the stretch and won driving in 1:44 4/5.
The win gives the 3-year-old Forty Acres, an Arkansas-bred colt by West Acre--Jackie's Gate (Gate Dancer), an all-expense paid start in the Super Derby (gr. II) Sept. 22.
Beta Capo, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for Steve Asmussen, finished willingly for second, a head in front of Strong City, with Cajun Conquest another head behind in fourth. All put in strong late runs but could not challenge Forty Acres.
Forty Acres is owned by Bill and Denise Morrison and is trained by Jorge Lara. McDowell Farm bred the dark bay, who won $60,000 for his fourth win in nine lifetime starts and more than doubled his earnings to $111,310. Coming off a dominating 7 1/2-length win an allowance at Louisiana Downs in July, the Super Derby Prelude was his first stakes score.
The third choice in a field of 12, Forty Acres paid $11.20, $5.80 and $4. Beta Capo returned $5.80 and $5.20. Strong City, ridden by Quincy Hamilton, was $6.20 show.
Greeley's Conquest, the mild 3-1 favorite ridden by Larry Sterling Jr., chased the leader in fourth into the stretch and faded to seventh.
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