09/03/2012 1:05PM

Del Mar: My Best Brother, Potesta likely to get Breeders' Cup shots

Shigeki Kikkawa
My Best Brother wins the Del Mar Derby. He may try to give trainer Julio Canani his third Breeders' Ciup Mile win.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Trainer Julio Canani has won the Breeders’ Cup Mile twice, and he may take aim at the race again on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita with My Best Brother, who gave Canani a record fifth win in the Del Mar Derby on Sunday.

Canani’s previous Del Mar Derby winners were Blackdoun (2004), Val Royal (1999), Ladies Din (1998), and Silver Circus (1988). Val Royal won the BC Mile in 2001 at Belmont Park. Canani also won the BC Mile with Silic in 1999 at Gulfstream.

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My Best Brother has now won four of his last five starts, all on turf, all since Martin Garcia took over as his rider. His lone loss came in the La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 11, in which Canani believed Garcia did not properly utilize My Best Brother’s natural speed.

“The jockey fall asleep the other day,” Canani said.

In the Del Mar Derby, Garcia let My Best Brother bound along on the lead, as he did in his victory in a division of the Oceanside on July 18. My Best Brother set fractions of 23 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.57 for a half, 1:10.68 for six furlongs, flew threw his fourth quarter in less than 24 seconds, then held off 5-2 favorite Howe Great to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:46.83 for 1 1/8 miles on firm turf.

The win by My Best Brother gave Canani 42 stakes wins at Del Mar, tying him with John Sadler for seventh on the all-time list.

Potesta to get her chance

The lightly raced but immensely talented Potesta will be given a chance to make the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita following her track-record performance on Sunday in the Torrey Pines Stakes. She covered one mile on Polytrack in 1:34.96, bettering the previous record of 1:35.28, while winning by 7 1/2 lengths.

Potesta’s trainer, Mike Mitchell, said she will make her next start in the Zenyatta Stakes, formerly the Lady’s Secret, at Santa Anita on Sept. 29 to gauge whether she belongs in the Breeders’ Cup, but Mitchell said, “I think she’s that good.”
Potesta, 3, is unbeaten in three starts going two turns since losing her sprint debut on March 12. Her biggest win came on June 23 when she won the Hollywood Oaks.

Joe Talamo rode Potesta, and also won the Adoration Stakes on Sunday with Cathy’s Crunches. That gave Talamo 10 stakes wins for the meet entering Monday’s card, just two behind Rafael Bejarano, whose 12 wins have equaled the single-season record for stakes wins by a jockey.