View larger photo Distorted Humor Colt Wins Super Derby
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Sometimes, the class of a race is the horse who has earned the most money. Other times, it might be the horse that has simply kept the best company.

By either of those two evaluations, the class of Saturday's Super Derby is clear: it is Regal Ransom (by Distorted Humor). Easily the leading money earner in the field with a bankroll of nearly $1.3 million, Regal Ransom also happens to exit undisputedly the toughest and deepest 3-year-old race of the year - the Kentucky Derby.

Yet Regal Ransom is not the favorite in the Grade 2 Super Derby, at least on the morning line, suggesting he looms a rewarding wager.

Granted, Regal Ransom could be at a fitness disadvantage in the race, not having raced since the first Saturday in May, but based on his workouts, and the performances of other runners in his stable this year, it seems unlikely this horse is anything but 100 percent fit.

Based in New York with Godolphin's operation, he has worked lights out leading up to his return, capped by a couple of sparkling workouts earlier this month for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Additionally, a quick check of Daily Racing Form's Formulator software shows just how hot that stable has been in graded stakes over the past month and a half. Seventh Street won the Grade 1 Go For Wand on Aug. 2, Flashing the Grade 1 Test on Aug. 8, Music Note the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 29, Sara Louise the Grade 3 Victory Ride on Aug. 29, and Pyro the Grade 1 Forego on Sept. 5.

And perhaps more significant than those victories was that Vineyard Haven crossed the wire first in the Grade 1 King's Bishop on Travers Day, only to be disqualified and placed second for drifting out and bumping Capt. Candyman Can in the race.

Vineyard Haven, it should be noted, was not able to get close to Regal Ransom when they met in their one start in Dubai this winter. Vineyard Haven, who ran fourth, finished 7 1/4 lengths behind Regal Ransom, the runner-up, in the UAE 2000 Guineas (Desert Party won the race).

Following the UAE 2000 Guineas, Regal Ransom would win the Grade 2 UAE Derby over his more highly regarded stablemate Desert Party, and then ran eighth, beaten 14 3/4 lengths in the Kentucky Derby after pressing the early pace.

After competing in recent starts against Desert Party, Mine That Bird, and Vineyard Haven, he is facing horses of lesser quality such as Soul Warrior, Uno Mas, and Blame in the Super Derby. Despite the time away, expect him to return in winning form.
Super Saver Rising Star dazzles at Los Alamitos title=
Super Saver

Super Saver Rising Star dazzles at Los Alamitos

Super Majesty’s May 24 6-plus length debut score earned her a TDN Rising Star tag, but the 3-year-old daughter of Super Saver topped that race on July 5 with a spectacular 15 1/4-length allowance win...

[read more]

Hold for More notches second career stakes win title=
Hold Me Back

Hold for More notches second career stakes win

Hold for More raced to an effortless 6 ½-length victory in the $60,000 Victor Myers S. Friday at Canterbury Park...

[read more]

Speightstown colts take the graded spotlight on Belmont’s Stars and Stripes day title=
Speightstown

Speightstown colts take the graded spotlight on Belmont’s Stars and Stripes day

Force the Pass’ win in the $1.25 million Belmont Invitational Derby (G1), coupled with Speightster’s stellar victory in the $500,000 Dwyer S. (G3), vaulted Speightstown’s 2015 progeny earnings past the $5.5 million mark...

[read more]

WinStar promotes Wilson to Stallion Seasons Director

WinStar promotes Wilson to Stallion Seasons Director

Kyle Wilson has been promoted to Stallion Seasons Director to oversee that department at WinStar Farm, and he has brought on Caroline Walsh to join the Nominations team...

[read more]

Donworth is dominating at Delaware title=
Tiznow

Donworth is dominating at Delaware

Donworth drew off to a devastating 11-length victory in Saturday’s $50,000 Stanton S. at Delaware Park...

[read more]

Super Saver colt equals sale record at OBS title=
Super Saver

Super Saver colt equals sale record at OBS

A son of Super Saver consigned by Bobby Dodd, Agent, went to The Three Amigos for $575,000 to top the third session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2015 June Sale...

[read more]

G1 winner Gemologist shuttling to Chile title=

G1 winner Gemologist shuttling to Chile

Grade 1 winner Gemologist will shuttle to Haras Santa Olga Farm in Santiago, Chile for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, and the regally-bred Grade 1 winner is set to enter quarantine next Monday, with his last mares to be covered from his American book this Sunday...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile: A Triple Crown sire title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile: A Triple Crown sire

Zayat Stables’ homebred superstar American Pharoah made history on Saturday, winning the Belmont S. (G1) to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner...

[read more]

Speightstown’s Rock Fall crushes foes in True North S. (G2) title=
Speightstown

Speightstown’s Rock Fall crushes foes in True North S. (G2)

Rock Fall earned his fifth straight victory and first graded stakes win June 5, taking the $250,000 True North S. (G2) at Belmont Park by 3 ¾-lengths...

[read more]

Cocked and Loaded fires winning salvo in Tremont S. title=
Colonel John

Cocked and Loaded fires winning salvo in Tremont S.

Colonel John has a rising star on his roster with Cocked and Loaded, who ran his record to a perfect 2-for-2 with a come-from-behind victory in the $250,000 Tremont S...

[read more]