Annals of Time and jockey Javier Castellano win the Grade I $ 300,000 Hollywood Derby Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
Of the trio of runners that trainer Chad Brown entered in Saturday’s G1 Hollywood Derby, it was the one with the longest odds at 5-1 that came home an impressive winner. An improving type, Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Annals of Time wove through traffic from the rear of the field, then exploded down the stretch to score his first black-type win by 1 1/2 lengths under Javier Castellano. Defeating a field of 11 other sophomores in just his fourth career start, the son of Temple City covered nine furlongs over Del Mar’s firm turf in 1:47.73.
“I tried to save ground as much as I could,” Castellano said. “I was covered up for most of the way. I give Mr. Brown (trainer Chad Brown) all the credit for shipping out a young horse like this – a horse making only his fourth start – and shipping him to the west coast and having him ready to run a race like this. He was powerful. When I asked him in the stretch he put in a powerful kick. Very strong; very impressive. And he galloped out strong and straight. Distance will be no problem with him.”
Annals of Time broke a bit slowly from the near-outside post in the full field, settling quickly into stride. He was hung three-wide for the early part of the first turn, but Castellano was able to rate the colt and eased him back to third-from-last, slipping into a perfect position along the inside rail mid-way through that turn. On the front end, his stablemate Beach Patrol was sitting just off the pace-setters Blackjackcat and Defiantly through mild early fractions of :23.83 and :47.81.
Blackjackcat and Beach Patrol hit the quarter pole together, but Castellano was giving Annals of Time a perfect ride from the rear of the field. He stayed along the rail until the last possible moment, then angled out at the top of the lane to allow the colt to maintain his momentum. The plan nearly fell apart then, as Annals of Time was bumped by a rival on his inside, swinging his hips to the outside. Castellano recovered quickly, though Frank Conversation had a half-stride’s advantage on his immediate outside and was trying to intimidate the lightly-raced Annals of Time by leaving a very narrow hole in front of him.
Castellano asked Annals of Time the question, and the colt responded with gallant enthusiasm, splitting rivals through the narrow gap with an impressive turn of foot and skipping past his stablemate Beach Patrol to win by 1 1/2 lengths at the wire. Annals of Time ran the final eighth of a mile in 11 2/5 seconds.
Beach Patrol had to settle for second, with Frank Conversation checking in third. Hayabusa One, just behind Annals of Time early in the race, was just able to get up for fourth after going wide on the far turn.
“He’s lightly raced, he had some minor issues to deal with before we could get him started, so he was the fresher of the three (Brown entrants),” said Brown’s assistant Cherie De Veaux of Annals of Time. “Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten have had really hard campaigns this year, they’ve been traveling and running very well. It’s important for us to get the lay of the land for Breeders’ Cup here next year. Chad really wanted to come but he had a family obligation in New York.”
Bred in Kentucky by Monticule, Annals of Time was an $ 80,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall sale. He won at first asking in November of his 2-year-old season, but was sidelined until late in the Saratoga meet this year. He finished second in an allowance race at the Spa, then ran third behind stablemates Beach Patrol and Camelot Kitten in the G3 Hill Prince Stakes. The Hollywood Derby is his first graded stakes victory, and improves the colt’s career record to two wins from just four starts, with earnings of over $ 280,000.
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