10/28/2017 7:15PM

My Bariley upsets Hawthorne Derby

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My Bariley (right, black blinkers) returned $29 for his victory in Saturday's Hawthorne Derby.

Blue Sky Kowboy appeared the likely winner in the deep stretch of the $100,000 Hawthorne Derby on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course after a well-timed three-wide rally, but My Bariley pulled the rug out from under the celebration with a move through traffic to steal the race by three-quarters of a length.

Post-time favorite Voodoo Song took command of the lead in the 11-horse field, and crossed the finish line for the first time about a length and a half ahead of Phat Man and Adonis Creed. He maintained a 2 1/2-length advantage over that pair after he opened up the first quarter-mile in 25.10.

The leader kept his cushion through the first turn, and headed up the group across the backstretch as jockey Edgar Perez looked over his shoulder to see which of the two pursuers would move to challenge him first. He still maintained a 1 1/2-length lead after the opening half, in 51.03, while My Bariley was tucked in on the rail in eighth. Blue Sky Kowboy was even farther back in 10th.

Adonis Creed gradually moved up to challenge on the outside as the field entered the second turn, and reached Voodoo Song’s outside hip at the three-quarters mark, run in 1:16.22.

Voodoo Song stood up to the challenge, and continued to fight on as they entered the top of the stretch, while Adonis Creed began to weave. On the outside, jockey Julio Felix burst past his foes aboard Blue Sky Kowboy, and looked to have a clear shot at the lead.

While Blue Sky Kowboy made his move, Santo Sanjur executed the closing kick of a confidently piloted trip aboard My Bariley, where he crept up through a largely inside path, pushed his mount into contention with a right-handed whip, and split Voodoo Song and Adonis Creed to quietly put himself in front.

“I tried to ride the horse the best I can,” Sanjur said. “He liked the wet turf, and just relaxing behind horses, and in the last part, he rock and rolled.”

My Bariley locked up with Blue Sky Kowboy in the deep stretch, but never let him pass, and slugged out a 3/4-length over his foe. Adonis Creed finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Blue Sky Kowboy in third.

My Bariley stopped the clock in the 1 1/8-mile race in 1.56.07 over Hawthorne’s soft turf. The 3-year-old son of Mizzen Mast paid $29 to win.

Anthony Granitz trains My Bariley, who races as a homebred for Captain Jack Racing Stable. Granitz won the 2003 running of the Hawthorne Derby with False Promises.

“I was concerned about the pace, but he did great,” the trainer said. “When he saved the ground, that’s a big thing around the turn.”

Saturday’s win was the second on the season for My Bariley, and his third in 13 career starts, compiling lifetime earnings of $159,119.

My Bariley has been a consistent turf competitor in the Midwest during his summer 2017 campaign, winning an allowance at Indiana Grand, finishing second in the Mystic Lake Derby at Canterbury Park, and finishing third in the Grade 3 American Derby at Arlington Park.

This year’s edition of the Hawthorne Derby was ungraded, having been run just once from 2014 to 2016 and forfeiting its Grade 3 status.