|Dynever Dynamite in $500,000 Lone
Star Derby; Belmont Stakes is Next
(May 10, 2003)
- Lightly-raced Dynever collected his third straight win with an
impressive 1 1/2-length victory over graded stakes winner Most Feared
in Saturday’s Grade III, $500,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone
Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Both the winner and runner-up
could make their next starts in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, according
to their trainers.
Ridden by Edgar Prado and toting 122 pounds, Dynever defeated a
dozen rivals in front of 9,512 fans and ran 1 1/8 miles on a “fast”
main track in 1:50.43. The Kentucky-bred paid $2.60 to win as the
heavy 1-5 betting choice and became the first favorite to win the
Lone Star Derby in seven runnings of the race.
“It looks like he has another gear, really,” said Arnaud
Delacour, assistant to trainer Christophe Clement, who was unable
to attend the race at late notice. “He just appears to be
racing with the other horses and then he puts in another gear. It
was very impressive.”
Dynever, who arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Wednesday from
his New York base, earned $277,500 for the win and boosted his career
earnings to $454,020. It was the March foal’s third win in
four career starts.
At the head of the stretch, it looked as if odds-on favorite Dynever
was beat. Trapped behind two rivals with horses to his left and
right, Prado wasn’t able to ask the Dynaformer colt for his
best run until the final eighth of a mile when an opening appeared.
Dynever split rivals, swung wide and quickly accelerated to display
his patented late closing kick to draw clear.
“I was kind of concerned about a couple of horses backing
up in front of me around the quarter pole,” explained Prado,
who was crowned the winner of the 2000 NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship
at Lone Star Park. “What I did was sit and wait. I knew I
was on the best horse in the race. I waited some time just to find
a hole and let him roll, and you saw what he did when we found that
“This is a nice horse. He’s been improving since the
first time he ran. He’s been showing a lot of courage and
a lot of determination and today you saw it. Nothing was going to
stop him. He was behind a wall of horses and he got through and
just kept on going.”
“It was great,” echoed Delacour. “The horse ran
awesome for what [Prado] asked him to do.”
Prior to the Lone Star Derby, Dynever was a 3 ½-length winner
in the $250,000 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park on April 6 over
eventual Kentucky Derby 13th Supah Blitz. His career began Feb.
8 at Gulfstream Park in a maiden special weight which resulted in
a second to Nacheezmo. Dynever promptly benefited from that outing
and won his first race on March 8 at the South Florida racetrack
by an eye-catching 8 ¼ lengths.
Runner-up Most Feared, the 18-1 fifth choice in the wagering, finished
one length ahead of third-place finisher Commander’s Affair,
who help set a pace of :23.41, :47.43, 1:11.77 and 1:37.70 at odds
“I thought we had them,” said Ronny Werner, trainer
of Most Feared. “Everything went perfect. [Jockey] Shane [Sellers]
did an excellent job. We’re back on track. We changed a few
things up on him and it seemed to help. Who knows what’s next?
Maybe the Belmont. We’ll see how he comes out and maybe give
it a whirl.”
Crowned King, Mr. Technique, 9-1 second choice Defrere’s
Vixen, Crowned Dancer, On The Border, Mauk Four, Grendel, Leo’s
Last Hurrahy and Gentlemen J J completed the order of finish. Desert
Spirit, who never left his barn at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.,
Dynever is owned by Catherine Wills and Peter Karches, the former
president and COO of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Institutional Securities
and Investments Banking Group. Wills, a London resident, also bred
the colt. In addition, Clement trained Dynever’s dam Flamboyance
for Wills. The mare won twice in six U.S. starts after an eight-race
campaign in Europe which provided one victory.
“We are all very happy,” Clement said via telephone
from New York. “I’m especially happy for the owners
Mrs. Catherine Wills – she’s also the breeder –
and Mr. Peter Karches, who couldn’t make it to Texas today,
but he was watching the race on T.V. It was a great breeding job.
I supposed we’re still on track for the Belmont.”
Horses not based at Lone Star Park have dominated the Lone Star
Derby. Only T.B. Track Star, the 1999 upset winner at odds of 31-1,
has defended the home turf. Previous winners include California-based
Anet (1997), Florida-based Tahkodha Hills (2000) and Kentucky-based
horses Smolderin Heart (1998), Percy Hope (2001) and Wiseman’s
Dynever will be flown back to New York on Tuesday morning for an
attempt to become the first Lone Star Derby winner to win the Belmont
Stakes. Tahkodha Hills and Wiseman’s Ferry each finished ninth
in the 1 ½-mile classic.
“I think this horse has a lot of potential and he handled
this one very well,” said Prado, also the regular rider of
Kentucky Derby third Peace Rules, who is scheduled to run in next
Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.