09/21/2012 1:39PM

Hastings: Undefeated Second City sold to Paul Reddam, will be trained by Ben Cecil

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Second City has been sold to Paul Reddam after overcoming a troublesd start to win the British Columbia Derby.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Undefeated Second City has been sold for an undisclosed sum by Peter Redekop to Paul Reddam and will be sent to trainer Ben Cecil’s barn at Santa Anita in the next few days.

Second City was an impressive winner of the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby here Sept. 9 and is now 4 for 4 with earnings of $172,000. He had never been behind a horse in his first three races, sprints at Penn National and Charles Town, and it looked like he wasn’t going to be a factor in the 1 1/8-mile B.C. Derby when he had to steady sharply just after leaving the starting gate. Despite the poor start and trailing the field early, Second City rallied to win by 2 3/4 lengths. He was given an 85 Beyer Speed Figure.

The BC Derby was Second City’s first start for trainer Craig MacPherson and his second for Redekop, who bought him privately for $100,000 from Donald Brown Jr. and trainer Stephanie Beattie. Redekop purchased Second City after he won his second start in a second-level allowance race going seven furlongs at Charles Town on Aug. 5. He won his maiden first time out in a $25,000 maiden claiming race at Penn National. In his two starts for Redekop, Second City earned $139,000.

Cecil said he and Reddam were looking at three races for Second City’s next start: the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sept. 30, the Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6, or the $250,000 Awesome Again for 3-year-olds and up at Santa Anita on Sept. 29.

Cecil flew to Hastings on Thursday to watch the Second City gallop, and he liked what he saw.

“I probably liked him too much,” Cecil said. “He looks like an easy horse to be around and he just has a nice way about him.”

Cecil said Reddam, whose I’ll Have Another won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was impressed by Second City’s race in the B.C. Derby.

“After watching the race, Mr. Reddam asked me to take a look at him,” Cecil said. “I can’t give you the exact price Mr. Reddam paid for him, but it was substantial.”

Bred by Darley, Second City is a 3-year-old gelding by Distorted Humor and is the second foal out of Sis City who won the Grade 1 Ashland and finished second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks while earning close to $800,000.

Redekop, 77, lives in Vancouver, and he made his fortune developing real estate. Other prominent horses he owns are Hollywood Hit, the champion sprinter in Canada in 2010; and Comedero, who won the Grade 3 Chick Lang at Pimlico while earning $675,000 in his career.