Updated on 09/17/2011 11:26PM

The Daddy's looking Classic

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The Daddy (8), under 17-year-old apprentice Pablo Morales, holds off late-charging A.P. Arrow to win the Grade 2 Super Derby.

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Owner Greg Norman had said prior to Saturday that depending on The Daddy's performance in the Grade 2, $750,000 at Louisiana Downs, the New York-bred would probably be heading to one of two Classics: the Breeders' Cup, or the Empire for horses bred in New York.

After a front-running win, The Daddy could be racing for a purse of $4 million later this month. Norman said he is inclined to point The Daddy for the Breeders' Cup if he is not given the rest of the year off, and would be more motivated to do so if the front-running Lava Man skips the 1 1/4-mile Classic.

The Super Derby was moved back to its original 1 1/4-mile distance this year, and The Daddy, in his first start around two turns, held on for a neck win over a late-charging A.P. Arrow. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Nolan's Cat.

Royal Saint, who had won all four of his Louisiana Downs starts leading up to the Super Derby, collapsed and died approaching midstretch. His rider, Guy Smith, avoided serious injuries in the spill, which did not involve other horses.

The Daddy ($12.80) took the lead going under the wire for the first time, and ran the opening quarter in 24.91 seconds while racing in the three-path. He continued to lead through a half-mile in 48.94 and six furlongs in 1:12.69.

Kilates Kiss took over through a mile in 1:38.02, but his lead was short-lived, and the winner went on to cover the distance in 2:03.15. The Daddy was ridden by 17-year-old apprentice Pablo Morales.

"I can't believe I'm here," said Morales, a native of Peru. "I'm a bug boy, and not too many bug boys win a derby."

The win was the biggest career victory for Morales, as well as trainer Salvador Gonzalez.

The Daddy earned $450,000 in the Super Derby, his third win in four career starts. His earnings are now $517,700. A a son of Valid Expectations, he was bred by William Farish and Gaillardia LLC.

Military Major, Smokescreen, Kilates Kiss, Silver Haze, Real Dandy, and Desert Breeze completed the order of finish.

The purse for this year's Super Derby was increased by $250,000, and the distance was increased from the 1 1/8 miles at which it was run in 2002-04.

Oaks: More Than Promised scores

More Than Promised emerged from midpack and ran down pacesetter Enduring Will for a head win in the $75,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third to Equestrian Girls.

More Than Promised ($6.60) settled in about five lengths behind Enduring Will, who was up by 1 1/2 lengths through an opening quarter in 24.42 seconds. Enduring Will remained clear through a half-mile in 48.61 and six furlongs in 1:12.63 in her first start since March.

More Than Promised advanced through traffic and unleashed a determined bid in midstretch, going on to cover the 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:42.75.

It was the first career stakes win for More Than Promised, who was ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan. "She ran awesome," said trainer Steve Asmussen. "This was the target. Making her a stakes winner was really a focus."

More Than Promised has a record of 4 wins from 10 starts and earnings of $119,730. She races for Vinery Stables LLC.

* Dreamsandvisions surged through the stretch to win the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial for 3-year-olds on turf. He beat favorite Ready Ruler by a head, and it was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third to Classical Affirm.

Dreamsandvisions ($23.80) covered the mile over firm turf in 1:36.25. Jockey Luis Quinonez rode the winner for trainer Steven Duke. Dreamsandvisions is owned by Duke's wife, Sandra Duke.

* Hyte Regency ($5.80) scored a one-length victory over a charging Desert Wheat in the $125,000 Harrah?s Juvenile, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds. Handle on the 12-race card was $4,372,342, with $707,825 of that amount bet ontrack.