Having fallen short in both the La Jolla H. (G2) and Oceanside S. earlier in
the Del Mar meet, and being winless on grass since taking a $40,000 maiden
claimer at Calder last November, RENDEZVOUS (Victory Gallop) was understandably
dismissed at 22-1 in Sunday's $350,000 Del Mar Derby (G2).. That feeling was the correct one until literally the final yards
of the nine-furlong, firm-turf feature when the chestnut made a winning surge to beat
2-1 favorite Battle of Hastings (GB) (Royal Applause [GB]) by a nose in a time
of 1:46 4/5. The longshot paid $46, $14.40 and $8.80.