09/22/2001 11:00PM

Outofthebox becomes a 'Super' star

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BOSSIER CITY, La. - Outofthebox ran to the promise he showed this spring when he overtook 1-2 favorite E Dubai in the late stages to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Sunday before a crowd of 14,421.

E Dubai held for second after setting rapid fractions over a muddy track, three lengths in front of Quadrophonic Sound.

Richard Klein, who co-owns Outofthebox with Bertram and Elaine Klein, said 10 percent of the $300,000 the colt earned for his win in the Super Derby would be donated to the rescue fund in New York for those effected by the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11.

Outofthebox stamped himself as a Triple Crown contender this spring after he ran second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Injury knocked him off the Triple Crown trail in April, however, and he was unable to return to the races until July.

The Super Derby was his fourth start back from the layoff, and he was content to settle about eight lengths behind pacesetter E Dubai, who ran the opening six furlongs in a rapid 1:10.51. Outofthebox moved into contention three-wide entering the stretch, and closed with good energy to catch E Dubai.

He covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:06.20, and returned $14.80 as third choice in the wagering.

"I let him run his own race, and he picked it up late," said Lonnie Meche, who rode Outofthebox for trainer Bernie Flint. "He gave me a good strong finish."

E Dubai was fractious in the gates. "He hit the front doors then backed up into the back doors and I thought he was going over," said jockey John Velazquez. "He ran the whole race. He ran hard."

Outofthebox improved his earnings to $712,713 with the victory, his fifth in 13 career starts, and his first in a stakes. Bred in Florida, he is a son of Montbrook. There are no immediate next-race plans for Outofthebox, said Steve Flint, assistant to his father, Bernie.

*On the undercard, Chaussen Poire remained perfect in three starts at Louisiana Downs when she drove to a three-length win in the $50,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks. Pacesetter Wild Squaw held for second, a head in front of favorite La Recherche.

Chaussen Poire ($10.20) raced about four lengths off the pace in the early stages, then darted to the lead in midstretch and went on to cover the 1 1/16 miles over yielding turf in 1:44.95. Jockey Russell Woolsey was aboard for trainer Duane Knipe. She could start next in the Grade 3, $100,000 Valley View Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 20.