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Delaware Park Derby & Oaks Gr 2
article courtesy Stephanie J Corum
Cre Run Oaks Arabian Distaff S. (G2)
All got underway well and it was Bill Waldron's Litle Bit that went to the front with Sugar Sand on her outside. Ms Dixie, trained by Scott Powell for Quarter Moon Ranch, rated in third under a hold. Litle Bit and Sugar Sand continued to run head to head in a tightly grouped field. Ms Dixie got squeezed back along the rail as they continued to race in close quarters. Only 4 1/2 lengths separated the top 7 runners.
Bob Magness Memorial Arabian Derby (G2)
The start was good for all and Sammie V was eager to go to the lead. Born To Boogie MC and Sergeant Pepper MHF took second and third respectively. The top three quickly opened about 7 lengths on the rest of the field. Sammy V pulled out to a 3-length lead over Born To Boogie MC while Sergeant Pepper MHF gave way. At the same time, Guy Neivens's Valient Boy SBFAR, trained by Ron Martino, and Butch Cassidy LZP, trained by Scott Powell for Quarter Moon Ranch, began on the top two. Valient Boy SBFAR surged on the outside to take the lead and Butch Cassidy LZP followed him.
It quickly became a 2-horse race with Valient Boy SBFAR on the inside and Butch Cassidy LZP on the outside. Nouveau Rich ducked out suddenly into the stretch, unseating his rider, Oliver Castillo. Born To Boogie MC and Ricardo Santana Jr. had no time to react and ran over top of Castillo.
There was a stewards inquiry into the incident into the stretch before the results were declared official.