-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
|Mythical Power Displays Real Strength
in Lone Star Derby Victory
Grand Prairie, Texas
(Saturday, May 9, 2009) - Peachtree Stable’s Mythical
Power, trained by Bob Baffert, proved to be much the best in the
13th running of the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby over a fast
track at Lone Star Park on Saturday.
With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, who teamed up with Baffert
to win the Lone Star Derby in 2006 with Wanna Runner, the bay son
of Congaree was able to get away to an alert beginning before settling
in nicely behind dueling leaders through opening fractions of 23.68
and 47.47. When given his cue leaving the backstretch, Mythical
Power reeled in the frontrunners around the far turn, and once he
made the lead just outside the furlong marker, he drew away from
his rivals with authority to stop the teletimer in 1:42.79 for the
mile-and-a-sixteenth journey. It was 7-1/2 lengths back to longshot
Red Lead in second and another 1-1/2 lengths back to Dumar in third.
“He’s a nice horse to ride with a lot of natural speed,”
said winning jockey Victor Espinoza. “I rode him in his first
start and I thought he was the type of horse who would like going
longer. He’s still learning and has a lot of potential.”
With the $240,000 winners share of the Lone Star Derby purse,
Mythical Power more than doubled his career earnings to $458,000,
and in improving his record to two wins from five starts, he earned
his first graded stakes victory and gave Baffert his third winner
in the Lone Star Derby (Anet, 1997 and Wanna Runner, 2006).
"I love coming here, win lose or draw,” said winning
trainer Bob Baffert. “I’ve always loved this place.
Everyone is so friendly. Mythical Power has really improved, and
I think you’re going to see bigger things from this horse.”
Mythical Power paid $4.20, $3.00, $2.40, runner-up Red Lead returned
$21.20, $7.40, and Dumar paid $4.80 for show. Uno Mas, Cape Truth,
Mayor Marv, and Galloping Gulch completed the order of finish.