04/23/2017 10:34AM

Yo Y Me ends hiatus with easy Fleming Breeders' Derby win

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Yo Y Me had not run in more than three months before Saturday's Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby at Turf Paradise.

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Yo Y Me was routing for the first time and hadn’t run in three and a half months. It didn’t matter as the 3-year-old gelded son of Dixie Chatter easily won Saturday’s $48,000 Gene Fleming Breeders’ Derby at Turf Paradise.

The Derby, at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, was the marquee event of Arizona-bred day, which featured four other stakes spotlighting the local product.

Yo Y Me ($3), owned by William Matthews, Lloyd Yothers, and Kevin Eikleberry, and trained by Eikleberry, was making his first start since winning four straight sprints here in the fall/winter, three of them stakes topped off by the Lost in the Fog Juvenile here Dec. 31.

Under Ry Eikleberry, Yo Y Me got a dream trip stalking in third as Rocky’s Show set a decent pace under pressure from Kickenit. Yo Y Me bided his time, pounced into the lane, grabbed the lead and drew off to win easily by 4 1/2 lengths as the 1-2 favorite, leaving no doubt he can handle the distance. Ida Goodest, 20-1 upset winner of the Arizona Stallion Stakes on turf here April 1, rallied for second at 13-1, just ahead of Wolf Bounty, who rallied from last to get third in the field of eight 3-year-olds.

Yo Y Me ran the distance in 1:45.45 while notching his fifth straight win. The winner’s share of $25,250 gives him earnings of $149,765 from five wins in nine starts.

In the other stakes action:

Dancer’s Notes ($3.40) had little trouble in the $16,800 Joanne Dye Breeders’ Oaks, dominating the 7 1/2-furlong turf event for 3-year-old fillies as the 7-10 favorite.

Owned by Silva Racing LLC and trained by Miguel Silva, Dancer’s Note, a daughter of Fappie’s Notebook, was one of just two winners in the field of six. She dueled early, took command down the backstretch and went on to win easily by 3 1/4 lengths, geared down. The other winner, Top Hat Wildcat, the 6-5 second choice, stalked and ran on for second with Drop the Gambler finishing third.

The winner ran the distance in 1:32.67.

Red Zeus ($3), winless in his last 12 starts, got back on track as the heavy favorite, capturing the $25,000 Dwight D. Patterson Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf course. Owned by Peggy Thompson and trained by Dan McFarlane, Red Zeus, a 7-year-old gelded son of Red Sky’s, stalked the pace as the 1-2 favorite under Isaias Enriquez, was still third by midstretch but finished strongly to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths. Scrap Iron stayed on for second after being a clear leader in midstretch, while Silvanus ran third in the field of five.

Red Zeus ran the distance in 1:43.44.

Rockin Home ($3) continued the parade of favorites as the gelding won the $25,000 Lyman and Bradley Rollins Handicap at 6 furlongs on the main track. Owned by Tamara Metzen and trained by David Van Winkle, Rockin Home, a son of Rocky Bar, stalked the pace under David Lopez and finished gamely to edge three others, winning by three-quarters of a length. J P Rocker, romping winner of this last year, pressed the pace and stayed on gamely for second, a neck ahead of pacesetter Rocked Twice in third. It was just another neck back to Hawkeye Gold in fourth in the field of seven.

Rockin Home ran the distance in 1:09.97.

Sierrita ($5.40) powered home to easily win the $25,000 Ann Owens Distaff Handicap. The daughter of Top Hit who was sent off the 8-5 favorite in the 6-furlong main-track event, lagged well back early under David Lopez, swung wide into the lane and powered home to grab the lead inside the eighth pole and draw away to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Bonita Sexy rallied for second, a neck in front of Lady Jila, third in the field of eight. The 4-year-old winner is owned by Linden Hatch and Brent Stapley and trained by F. C. Frazier. She ran the distance in 1:10.64.