09/25/2010 7:47PM

Apart wins Super Derby despite difficult trip

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Apart and Jesse Campbell win the $500,000 Super Derby on Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

BOSSIER CITY, La. - In May, when Apart rolled to a more than seven-length win in a maiden special weight at Churchill Downs, his connections started thinking about making a certain Grade 2, $500,000 race this fall at Louisiana Downs.

“We literally all said to ourselves, ‘We have a Super Derby horse this year,’ ” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Apart for the colt’s owner-breeder, Adele Dilschneider.

Fast forward to September, and Apart is a Super Derby winner. He overcame an uncomfortable trip in the meet’s showcase race to run down Distorted Economy for a length and a half win. It was another length back in third to favorite Hurricane Ike.

Apart earned a fees-paid berth into the Super Derby when he overcame another tough trip in the $100,000 Prelude last month at Louisiana Downs. He is Stall’s second Super Derby winner in the last three years, as the trainer took the 2008 running with My Pal Charlie. It was also Dilschneider’s second Super Derby winner, as she co-owned 1998 winner Arch.

Apart ($6.60) broke with the field, and settled in behind Hurricane Ike and Golden Moka, who raced together through an opening half-mile in 49.09 seconds. Apart followed along the inside, was forced to steady a couple of times when in tight, then moved outside of horses on the final turn and put in a determined run through the stretch. Ridden by Jesse Campbell, he covered the mile and an eighth on a track rated fast in 1:52.31.

“He’s turning into a really nice horse,” Stall said. “He’s really starting to get it.”

Stall said Apart will ship to Keeneland in the next three or four days and will be considered for a start in that track’s Grade 2, $150,000 Fayette at a mile and an eighth Oct. 30.

Hurricane Ike held a slight lead over eventual fifth-place finisher Golden Moka through six furlongs in 1:14.63, then was overtaken in the drive.

“He stumbled a little bit coming out of the gate, so after that the outside horse pushed me the whole way,” said Joel Rosario, who rode Hurricane Ike. “But he ran good.”

The Super Derby was one of eight stakes worth more than $1 million Saturday on the richest day of the meet at Louisiana Downs.

* Dreamsrunwild won a three-way photo in the $100,000 Sunday Silence for 2-year-olds on turf and in the process handed Aces N Kings, who was second by a head, the first defeat in his six-race career. It was another nose back in third to Unbridled Sheriff.

“It was close,” said Steven Duke, who trains Dreamsrunwild. “I was afraid it was going to be a dead-heat. But I really liked our chances because he’s a closing type. He really ran a big race for us.”

Duke said Dreamsrunwild ($26) could move back to dirt for the $250,000 Louisiana Legacy for statebreds on the Delta Jackpot undercard at Delta Downs on Nov. 20. He said he would also nominate the horse to the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Jackpot.

* The $75,000 Happy Ticket was for 2-year-old fillies on turf, and Jazzy Jessy ($17.80) rallied for a three-quarter-length win over Tiger Girl. Richard Eramia rode the winner for trainer Keith Desormeaux, who said Jazzy Jessy could make her next start in the $75,000 La Senorita at Retama Park on Oct. 23.

* Mogumbo Cat ($3.60) pushed past pacesetter Sprightly Star late for a head win in the $50,000 Unbridled. He covered a mile and a sixteenth on firm turf in a quick 1:40.48. Larry Robideaux trains Mogumbo Cat. Patrick Valenzuela, who earlier this year rode at Louisiana Downs and is now based at Southern California, rode Saturday.

“My day today’s been good,” said Valenzuela, who also rode Super Derby runner-up Distorted Economy. “I won one and ran second in the Super Derby. I can’t complain at all.”

* In the card’s counterpart for fillies and mares, Vickies in Town ($5.60) kept Category Seven from winning her sixth straight race when she edged that one by a neck in the $50,000 River Cities.

* Do Dat Blues ($3.40) and Loranger Native ($13.40) were dominant winners of their respective divisions of the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds. Do Dat Blues drew off by 6 1/4 lengths against fellow fillies, while Loranger Native romped by 8 1/4 lengths. Both horses were ridden by Eramia.

* Tortuga Straits ($24.60) overtook 1-2 favorite Foreign Production by a half-length in the $50,000 Temperence Hill. He was one of two stakes winners on the card for jockey Don Simington, who also took the River Cities.