Otoole Hero Faces Challengers in Super Derby

Super Derby filled with tough runners.

Q-Racing Journal
November 1, 2013

Burnett Ranches and Johnny Trotter’s fastest-qualifier Otoole Hero faces a challenging task when he meets a very deep field in the $953,200 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) Sunday night at the Southern California track.

The Super Derby winner receives an invitation to the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 14 at Los Alamitos.

Otoole Hero (Valiant Hero-Swingin Otoole by Jody O Toole) pulled off a 28-1 surprise in the Super Derby trials when he won by a half length over Bon Accord, the fastest qualifier and close second-place finisher in the $2.8 million All American Derby (G1). Otoole Hero’s time of :19.567 in the last of four trials was the quickest mark.

From the hot Trey Wood stable, Otoole Hero scored just his second career win from eight starts in his trial. His other win came in a Los Alamitos allowance race one year ago. He was off from January until he finished a close second in his All American Derby trial on August 17, his start before his Super Derby trial.

Among the strong competition is Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner Remembering Spence, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) winner Matabari, Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2) winner Scoop Of Sunshine and the rematch with All American Derby runner-up Bon Accord.

Rosa Barboza’s Remembering Spence (TR Dasher-Sables Bono by Bono Jazz) is on a roll with four wins from four 2013 starts, with wins in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and the Sgt Pepper Feature Handicap. The Juan Aleman-trained gelding showed he is ready for a prime performance in the Super Derby when he dominated his trial by 1 1/4 lengths as the 2-5 favorite. His time of :19.614 was the second-fastest qualifying time.

Marilyn Gonzalez and Balgo Racing Team’s Matabari (Mr Jess Perry-Hold Me Now by Separatist) shines at Los Alamitos with four wins from six local starts, highlighted by her game nose win in the Los Alamitos Two Million. The Guillermo Morales-trained filly won her Super Derby trial by a nose over Scoop Of Sunshine, with the third-fastest time of :19.634.

Double Bar S Ranch’s homebred Scoop Of Sunshine (First Down Dash-Budderfly Effect by Strawflyin Buds) was second by a troubled nose in their trial and posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time of :19.638. The Paul Jones-trained filly was the 3-2 favorite in the trial after dominating the Governor’s Cup Derby by 1 ¼ lengths as the 7-5 favorite.

J. Garvin Kelly, Nancy Yearsley and Vinewood Farm’s Bon Accord (Shazoom-Dream Mirage by Royal Quick Dash) found his top form this past summer at Ruidoso Downs. In his Ruidoso Downs’ debut, he defeated Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies winner Wicked Courage by 1 1/4 lengths in their All American Derby trial. His time of :20.997 for 440 yards was the top time from 10 trials. He then raced to the second-place finish to Feature Hero in the All American Derby.

Bon Accord was bumped at the start of his Super Derby trial and went on to finish second, with the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :19.680.