Updated on 09/17/2011 11:27PM

Fourty Niners Son takes Clement Hirsch

Fourty Niners Son wins the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship by a length at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

ARCADIA, Calif. - After three tough losses in major stakes in the summer, Fourty Niners Son finally won a major race in Sunday's $250,000 at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

Whether the victory leads to a start in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 29 depends on a future discussion between owner Tom Baxter and trainer Neil Drysdale.

At the least, Fourty Niners Son put together what Drysdale described as "a professional race" in the Grade 1 Hirsch.

Sent off favored in the field of eight, Fourty Niners Son ($4.80) rallied from fifth to win by a length over Whilly, finishing 1 1-4 miles on turf in 2:01.17. Whilly, a 14-1 shot, was disqualified and placed fifth after the stewards ruled that he moved to the inside in deep stretch and bothered Sweet Return, the original fifth-place finisher.

The disqualification led to Leprechaun Kid being promoted from third to second and Laura's Lucky Boy being placed third.

Corey Nakatani rode Fourty Niners Son, who was fifth early, well off the pace of 25.08 and 49.77 seconds set by Leprechaun Kid. Fourty Niners Son raced on the rail until early stretch when he rallied wide to take the lead in the final furlong.

Fourty Niners Son, a 4-year-old gelding, has won 5 of 13 starts and $498,445. Earlier this year, he was second in the Eddie Read Handicap and third in the American Handicap and Arlington Million.

* Brother Derek led throughout the $200,000 , winning his first stakes and earning a trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Brother Derek finished 1 1-16 miles in 1:44.38. Brother Derek led by a length until early stretch, stretched his advantage to two lengths in mid-stretch and held off a late run from A.P. Warrior to win by three-quarters of a length.

Brother Derek set early fractions of 22.80 and 46.29 seconds.

"They let him have an easy lead," trainer Dan Hendricks said. "He was getting a little tired late, but it was his first time going two turns. The closer to the wire he got, the more confident I got."

Brother Derek ($9) was making his third start for owner Cecil Peacock. The California-bred colt has won 2 of 3 starts and $167,100.

A.P. Warrior emerged from the field of eight 2-year-old to threaten Brother Derek. A.P. Warrior finished 3 1-2 lengths in front of Jealous Profit.

A.P. Warrior may start in the BC Juvenile. The Norfolk was his first start since a sixth in the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 7.

"I feel somewhat vindicated after his dismal performance at Del Mar," trainer Eoin Harty said of A.P. Warrior.