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Jan 19, 2006

Brother Derek holds on for Santa Anita win


Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Brother Derek held off a late running Stevie Wonderboy to win the $150,000 San Rafael Stakes Saturday at Santa Anita Park. It was the three-year-old debut for both Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

The time for the one mile race was 1:36.11 on a fast track.

Brother Derek is owned by Cecil Peacock and trained by Dan Hendricks. The victory ran the colt's record to four wins in six starts and was worth $90,000. His career earnings now stand at more than $590,000.

Previously, Brother Derek won the Norfolk Stakes and the Hollywood Futurity. He was a distant fourth, though, to Stevie Wonderboy in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Both colts are expected to race one more time before running in the Santa Anita Derby in early April. The Kentucky Derby will be on Saturday, May 6.

Ridden by Alex Solis, Brother Derek took the lead shortly after the start. He was trailed by Wanna Runner, Woody Be Quick and the favorite Stevie Wonderboy. M.J. Pkay and Sailors Sunset were early scratches.

Brother Derek remained on the lead as Stevie Wonderboy began his rally on the turn for home. Down the stretch, Stevie Wonderboy, ridden by Garrett Gomez, continued his move to the lead.

At the wire, Brother Derek was 1 1/2 lengths in front of Stevie Wonderboy while Wanna Runner finished third and Woody Be Quick was fourth.

Brother Derek returned $4.60 and $2.10. Stevie Wonderboy paid $2.10. There was no show wagering.

In the $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes for four-year-olds, Unbridled Energy posted a half-length win over Canteen. The San Fernando is a prep race for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

Unbridled Energy was ridden by Gomez for owner Doug Cauthen and trainer Richard Mandella. The win was worth $120,000 to bring the colt's career earnings to better than $280,000. This was his first start of the year and the fourth win in eight lifetime starts.

The favorite Greeley's Galaxy finished third and Swiss Lad was fourth in the nine-horse field.

The time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.33

Unbridled Energy returned $9.60, $5.60 and $3.00. Canteen paid $4.60 and $2.60 while Greeley's Galaxy returned $2.40 for show.

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