River Boyne back on favorite turf course in Twilight Derby

River Boyne back on favorite turf course in Twilight Derby
Photo: Zoe Metz Photography
A winner of five out his eight stateside starts, Irish-bred River Boyne heads a field of 10 sophomores going a mile on turf in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Twilight Derby at Santa Anita.
As Sunday is closing day of the track’s 2018 Autumn Meet, there will be mandatory payouts in all exotic wagers, including the popular 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.  With the Twilight Derby carded as the eighth race on a 10-race program, it will be leg four in the Rainbow Six, which could have a massive “live money” pool of between seven and eight million dollars.
Along with the Jeff Mullins-trained River Boyne, Christophe Clement’s Have At It and Simon Callaghan’s Kazan, all rate big chances on Sunday.
Owner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC               Trainer:  Jeff Mullins
Most recently third as the even money favorite in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 2, River Boyne is unbeaten in four starts over the Santa Anita turf and has two wins from three starts at a mile on grass.  Favored in seven of his eight stateside starts, he was a prompt 1 ¼ length winner of the Grade III La Jolla Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on turf two starts back on Aug. 5.  With regular rider Flavien Prat back aboard Sunday, River Boyne is the horse to beat.
Owner:  Robert S. Evans                                              
Trainer:  Christophe Clement
Bred in Kentucky by his owner, this Kitten’s Joy colt appears to be on the improve for Clement.  A one length winner of the Grade II Hill Prince Stakes going 1 1/8 miles over a good turf at Belmont on Oct. 6, he gets the services of eastern based Joel Rosario in what will be his ninth career start.  With what appears to be a good deal of speed signed on for the Twilight Derby, look for Rosario to work out a stalking trip as Have At It seeks his second stakes win in his first California start.
Owner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc.                                                               Trainer:  Simon Callaghan
One of five Irish-breds in the 10-horse cast, Kazan rallied from off the pace to finish second in the Grade II Del Mar Derby Sept. 2 at odds of 50-1.  A maiden special weight winner in his sixth start three races back on July 18, Kazan followed that up with a gutty nose allowance victory at the same 1 1/16 miles turf distance two back on Aug. 12.  On the improve, he’ll be out to validate is second place finish in the Del Mar Derby as he’ll be ridden back by Martin Garcia on Sunday.
Race 8 of 10                                                                                                                                                               Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PT
1.   Have At It—Joel Rosario—126
2.   Prince Earl—Rafael Bejarano—122
3.   Majestic Eagle—Mike Smith—122
4.   Kazan—Martin Garcia—122
5.   Pubilious Syrus—Kent Desormeaux—122
6.   Desert Stone—Geovanni Franco—122
7.   Epical—Tyler Baze—122
8.   River Boyne—Flavien Prat—126
9.   Platinum Warrior—Drayden Van Dyke
10. Andesh—Tiago Pereira—122
Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 11 a.m.  

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