09/20/2009 12:00AM

Regal Ransom wires Super Derby

Louis Hodges Jr.
Regal Ransom (right), unraced since finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby wraps up a wire-to-wire Super Derby victory with Richard Migliore aboard.

BOSSIER CITY, La.- Regal Ransom is back. On Saturday he was a winner in his first start since the Kentucky Derby, when he cruised to an easy, front-running win in the at Louisiana Downs. Regal Ransom won by 1 1/4 lengths over Blame, while it was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third to Massone.

The Super Derby was one of six stakes worth a cumulative $1.2 million on the richest card of the meet at Louisiana Downs.

Regal Ransom ($4.60) broke on top and moved to the lead through an opening quarter-mile in 24.05 seconds. He proceeded to control the race through fractions of 49 seconds for the opening half-mile and 1:13.11 for six furlongs. Blame made a run at favorite Regal Ransom inside the final furlong, but the eventual winner proved much the best, covering the 1 1/8 miles on a track rated fast in 1:49.63.

"My horse was traveling so comfortably and relaxed," said Richard Migliore, who rode Regal Ransom. "I really felt like a winner in the first turn."

Regal Ransom, the winner of the Group 2, $2 million UAE Derby in March who was eighth in the Kentucky Derby, had been training toward a start in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park in June when some inflammation just below the hock areas of his hind legs sent him to the sidelines. He was scratched from the Woody Stephens.

"He popped a couple of curbs, and we had to back off of him on that," said Rick Mettee, the U.S.-based assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. "He really responded well to the time off. He really trained well up at Saratoga. We're not surprised that he ran a big race. We didn't expect to win maybe this easy. But we weren't surprised."

Regal Ransom, a son of Distorted Humor, gave his stable, Godolphin Racing, their second win in the Super Derby behind Essence of Dubai's victory in 2002. Regal Ransom earned $450,000 for the win, which was his third from seven starts. He has now earned $1,747,200.

Mettee said next-race plans are to be determined for Regal Ransom.

The remaining order of finish in the Super Derby was Soul Warrior in fourth, followed by Red Lead, Uno Mas, and Electric Alphabet.

Sunday Silence: William's Kitten pulls away

Trainer Mike Maker won the for the second time in three years on Saturday, when William's Kitten finished full of run in the 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds that was transferred to the main track. Maker also won the inaugural Sunday Silence in 2007, with Cherokee Triangle.

William's Kitten ($4.60) trailed the field early, as Why Not Be Perfect put up fractions of 23.80 for the opening quarter-mile, 49.40 for the half, and 1:15.20 for six furlongs. William's Kitten came into the stretch five wide and flew home, winning off by 4 3/4 lengths, covering the distance on a track rated fast in 1:46.94.

"I knew at the three-eighths pole that he was pretty much a winner," said Garrett Gomez, who rode William's Kitten. "I didn't have to ask him to do much."

William's Kitten, a son of multiple Grade 1 winner Kitten's Joy, races for his breeders, Ken and Sarah Ramsey. He earned $90,000 for his first stakes win, and is now 2 for 4. He won his maiden on turf at Ellis Park. Maker said earlier this week that a goal for the horse is the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

* Southern Style ($24.80) closed for a two-length win over Tortuga Straits to win the $50,000 Temperence Hill. John Velazquez was aboard for trainer Maynard Chatters. Southern Style covered six furlongs in 1:10.07.

* The Rumor's True ($25.40) rallied for a three-quarter-length win over Seasoned in the $100,000 , a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-old fillies that was moved to the main track. Richard Eramia rode the winner for trainer Steven Duke. The final time was 1:48.14.

* Martin's Bay ($5) led throughout for a 2 3/4-length win over Category Seven in the $75,000 River Cities for fillies and mares. The 1 1/16-mile race was moved to the main track. Francisco Torres was aboard for trainer Andrew Leggio Jr.