Kentucky Downs' Dueling Grounds Derby marks Reride's next stop

Jennie Rees, for Ky. Downs
September 11, 2018 02:59pm
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Photo: Courtesy of Keeneland
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ 3-year-old colt Reride could be called Reroute for all the traveling he’s done.

Wednesday’s $400,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby will mark his eighth track in his ninth start, having raced everywhere from his home tracks in Kentucky to Louisiana’s Delta Downs to Sunland Park in New Mexico, Dubai in the Middle East to Minnesota’s Canterbury Park to Saratoga in his last start, a fourth-place finish in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes that Winchell won anyway with Tenfold. The only track where Reride has had a repeat visit is Churchill Downs, where he impressively won his debut at 4 1/2 furlongs in June of 2017. 

Now Reride will be asked to run 1 5/16 miles, but his team thinks that’s actually something the little guy will relish. That’s why he went to Dubai for the $2 million UAE Derby at 1 3/16 miles, finishing third, albeit 21 lengths behind 18-length winner Mendelssohn.

“Steve seems to think he’ll run all day, even though he’s not a whole lot bigger than my Australian shepherd,” Winchell racing manager David Fiske said of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. “He’s not a big robust guy, but he’s got good action and he can run on either surface.”

Reride won a Keeneland turf allowance in his second career start and was a close fifth in Canterbury’s Mystic Lake Derby this past June for his only two turf starts. When it was suggested that the appeal of the Dueling Grounds Derby, then, was the distance more than the surface, Fiske said with a laugh, “Well, that and the purse money. He has one of the strangest running lines of any horse that’s ever trained.”

Through it all, Reride has won half his eighth starts, including Delta Downs' Big Drama Stakes and Sunland Park's Mine That Bird Derby, while earning $404,220.

Fiske said it shouldn’t matter if the Kentucky Downs remains on the softish side after Sunday’s torrential rain. 

“He doesn’t weigh too much; he’s not going to sink in the ground much,” Fiske said. “… He’s a handy little guy. He’s always been kind of a typical Candy Ride, kind of light-framed and smooth — but he’s got a set of lungs on him.”

Reride is a son of Winchell’s stakes-winning Tapit mare Remit, who is a full sister to the stable’s $1.5 million-earner, five-time graded stakes-winner and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile runner-up Tapiture, both being out of the mare Free Spin.


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