Lothenbach Stables’ Sonic Boom, unbothered by early pace pressure, opened a clear lead on the backstretch and held firm for a facile 1¾-lengths win in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 American Derby for 3-year-olds at Arlington International Racecourse. The American Derby was one of four Grade III stakes offered on Saturday’s Ride to the Million card presented by Miller Lite.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Ian Wilkes, Sonic Boom was pressed immediately out of the gate by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Joe Sharp-trained Hembree, who prompted the winner through early splits of 23.43 and 48.05 before settling in for a spying run under Jose Valdivia, Jr. Sonic Boom then established an unchallenged lead on the backstretch, catching a breather through three-quarters in 1:13.65 and a mile in 1:38.35 before kicking clear to finish the 1 1/8-miles trip in 1:49.90.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Mike Maker trainee Gorgeous Kitten stayed on well for second under jockey Robby Albarado while unable to seriously threaten the winner. It was another 2¼ lengths back to Captain Jack Racing Stable’s Anthony Granitz-trained My Bariley in third under Santo Sanjur.
“On the backside I felt very comfortable,” Leparoux said. “My horse relaxed for me and was doing it very easy. When I asked him at the quarter pole, he really kicked on nice.”
“This was a step forward for him today,” said Wilkes. “I think with Julien, we figured out how to ride him and let him do his thing.”
“He got out [of the gate] really well,” Albarado offered. “He got positioned well and was exactly where I wanted him and had no problems. Hats off to the winner today.”
Sonic Boom, a son of More Than Ready, won for the fourth time in nine career starts and earned $58,800 to boost his career bankroll to $245,800. He returned $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10 as the post-time favorite, with Gorgeous Kitten returning $2.60 and $2.60. My Bariley paid $5.60.
Imposing Will, Hembree, Kaliningrad and Grand Marais completed the order of finish.
Source: Arlington International Racecourse