06/03/2007 11:00PM

Lawman gives Dettori two derby wins on one weekend


Lawman gave Frankie Dettori his second derby triumph of the weekend at Chantilly in France on Sunday as he led throughout in winning the $2 million Prix du-Jockey-Club a day after he had partnered Authorized to win the Epsom Derby.

The victory of the the Jean-Marie Beguigne-trained Lawman was a virtual duplication of his front-running score in the 1 1/8-mile, Group 3 Prix de Guiche at Chantilly on May 9, the only difference being the French Derby's additional 1 1/2 furlongs. He had no trouble with the added distance, holding off the mild late challenge of Literato by 1 1/2 lengths with Shamdinan third, a short neck farther back. The time for the 1 5/16 miles on good to soft ground was a fast 2:05.90.

In capping a glorious weekend, Dettori was winning his third French Derby, having been successful with Polytain in 1992 and Shamardal two years ago.

"Some people wait all their lives to win a derby," he said. "I've won two in 24 hours!"

Owned by Italian Claudio Marzocco, who paid just $90,000 for him at the Deauville yearling sale in 2005, Lawman will be given the usual French summer vacation by Beguigne, who has not decided upon his next start.

Authorized, Light Shift may run in Ireland

Both Epsom Derby winner Authorized and English Oaks winner Light Shift could attempt to double their classic pleasure at the Curragh next month. Peter Chapple-Hyam, although preferring the 1 1/4-mile Eclipse Stakes against older horses for Authorized at Sandown on July 7, is also considering the Irish Derby a week earlier. Henry Cecil, meanwhile, has committed Light Shift to the Irish Oaks on July 14.