Jockey C.J. McMahon gave a triumphant fist pump as he and Danny Keene’s Texas Chrome crossed the wire first in Saturday’s Grade 3, $ 400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, earning the first graded stakes victory for both himself and trainer J. R. Caldwell. The sophomore son of Grasshopper made a perfect move up the rail at the far turn, challenging the front-running Dalmore for the length of the stretch, defeating that rival by a half-length on the line. On a main track listed as fast despite rain earlier in the card, Texas Chrome recorded a final time of 1:49.87 for the nine furlong course.
Dalmore broke out of the gate on top to earn an uncontested one-length lead through the first turn, setting mild early fractions of :24.59 and :49.13 under Kent Desormeaux. Whateverybodywants and Mending Fences tracked together in the second position, with Texas Chrome kept well in the clear while in fourth early. Top betting choice Mo Tom was several lengths behind those leaders in the early going. Nearing the three-quarters mark, Mo Tom made an early move under Joe Bravo, moving up to within a length of the lead while four-wide.
Rounding the turn for home, Texas Chrome dropped down to the rail just as Dalmore went a bit wide, allowing McMahon to move his mount into contention while saving all the ground. Texas Chrome and Dalmore battled for nearly the entire length of the stretch, but it was Texas Chrome who was the more game of the pair, prevailing by a half-length on the wire. Dalmore had to settle for second, with Whateverybodywants third. Mo Tom finished fifth.
Bred in Texas by Craig Upham, Texas Chrome was a $ 10,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer sale. Since then, the colt captured five listed stakes and placed in both the Matt Winn and Iowa Derby. The Super Derby is his first graded victory, and improves Texas Chrome’s overall record to seven wins from 11 starts, with earnings of nearly $ 600,000.
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It’s California Chrome Day at Los Al, and at Louisiana Downs, Texas Chrome takes the G3 Super Derby! pic.twitter.com/Tc3YKyeAcn
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