Derwin’s Star found room turning for home
and went on to a 3 ½-length victory over Catch a Thief Sunday afternoon at
Belmont Park to capture the 56th running of the Grade 3, $150,000
Bed o’ Roses Handicap.
Fourth as Catinatree took the field of six fillies and mares through an
opening half-mile in 45.24 seconds, Derwin’s Star dove through an opening
leaving the quarter-pole and quickly assumed command, drawing clear under Ramon
Dominguez to hit the wire in 1:22.53 for the seven furlongs.
“She was right behind the speed. Steve [Klesaris] said, ‘If
you can get behind the speed, just wait and she’ll fire for you,’
and sure enough turning for home she found the opening and just took
off,” said Dominguez, who won two races Saturday and goes into the final
two week of the spring/summer meet atop the jockey standings with 62 victories.
Javier Castellano, who finished second to Dominguez by two victories in
the 2011 Belmont
spring/summer meet, cut into his lead Sunday by scoring with four favorites.
Castellano captured race 1 with Carson Hall ($5.60), race 4 with Pianist
($3.50), race 8 with St. Jean ($4.90) and race 10 with Ornellia ($3.80) to
bring his total to 48 victories.
The Bed o’ Roses was the first graded stakes for Derwin’s
Star, a 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir who ran for a $10,000 tag as a
maiden before being purchased privately by Klesaris following her 2-year-old
campaign. As a 3-year-old, she won the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks and finished
third to Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.
“This filly has always shown a lot of ability from way back when
she was third to Blind Luck and Havre de Grace,” said the trainer, who
now co-owns Derwin’s Star with Marcia Cohen. “We’ve had to
deal with a lot of issues with her and at one point we thought about retiring
her, but we gave her time.”
The 2-1 second choice, Derwin’s Star returned $6.90 for a $2 win
bet and earned $120,000. With a record of 8-1-2 from 17 starts, she has now won
$536,587, all but $14,730 since joining Klesaris’ stable.
“We’ll look [next] at the Ballerina [Grade 1, Saratoga Race
Course, August 24],” said Klesaris.
Catch a Thief, who stumbled badly at the start to spot the field three
lengths, closed to finish a neck ahead of favored C C’s Pal. Twice the
Lady, Island Bound and Catinatree completed the order of finish.
Honchis’n Ponchis was scratched.