05/12/2009 11:00PM

Red Lead will follow path to Super Derby


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Red Lead ran a big race to finish second to Mythical Power at 36-1 in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby last Saturday, and his connections are looking to give him a shot at another graded stakes down the road. Trainer Brandon Bridges said a goal is the Grade 2, $750,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs Sept. 19.

Red Lead was making just his third start in the Lone Star Derby, and he dueled with stakes winner Mayor Marv early, then held well late when overtaken in the stretch by the impressive Mythical Power.

"He got out there and fought a good fight the whole way," said Bridges, who trains Red Lead for Joe Davis. "He just didn't lay back and pick off some tiring ones. He made them work the whole way. He definitely ran his little heart out. That was pretty exciting."

Bridges, 25, took a year off from training in 2007 to sell cars at a dealership down the road from Lone Star. Earlier in his career he was an exercise rider based at Louisiana Downs, and it would be meaningful for him to return to the track with a starter for the richest race of the meet.

"As far as the long term, I'd like to run him in the Super Derby," said Bridges. "He's really taken to the surface here good, and I think he'd take to that surface there as well. But right now, we're going to give him a little bit of time. We're not going to run him. It will probably be six weeks before we see him again."

Bridges, who looks for Red Lead to make a couple of starts before the Super Derby, has a 12-horse stable at Lone Star. Other horses of note in the barn include the promising 3-year-old Tamqeen, a son of Mr. Greeley who rolled to an eight-length debut win at Lone Star in April.

Red Lead, a son of Red Bullet, won his debut in a maiden special weight sprint at Will Rogers Downs in March, then came back and ran second in a first-level allowance route at Lone Star in April prior to the Lone Star Derby.

* Trainer Allen Milligan said he plans to send a division of 10 horses to Arlington Park on Friday. Milligan also has horses at Lone Star and Louisiana Downs. He won the training title this past spring at Oaklawn.