Updated on 09/16/2011 8:44AM

Schutz packs 1-2 punch in Derby


Leading German trainer Andreas Schutz would appear to have all bases covered in Sunday's $392,000 German Derby at Hamburg where he will saddle co-favorites Salve Regina and Next Desert.

Salve Regina, a full sister to 2000 German Derby winner Samum, is attempting to become the first filly to win the 1 1/2-mile classic since Borgia in 1997. Salve Regina, an undefeated daughter of Monsun and 2 1/2-length winner of the German Oaks on June 9, certainly has the right team behind her, as Schutz trained both Samum and Borgia.

The only blemish on Next Desert's record is his second to Dupont in the German 2000 Guineas, but he was a four-length winner of the 1 3/8-mile Group 2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen last time. Andrasche Starke, back in action after a six-month Hong Kong Jockey Club suspension, will be aboard, but Salve Regina rates a narrow edge.