Speaking Scout came running late to upset the GI Hollywood Derby Saturday at Del Mar. Cold on the board at 8-1, the gelding broke well from the 10-hole, but was content to race near the back as longshot Evan Harlan (Temple City) carved out opening splits of :24.51 and :49.86. Asked for more approaching the far turn, the bay launched a powerful four-wide rally in the lane, forging clear late to score. Spycatcher held second over Wit.
Fourth in both the GIII Kent S. and Bald Eagle Derby this summer, Speaking Scout could only manage seventh in the GIII Dueling Grounds Derby Sept. 5. A decisive winner of the Hawthorne Derby Oct. 1, he came up a half-length short of Cabo Spirit last out in the GII Twilight Derby at Santa Anita Oct. 29.
Speaking Scout is the second Grade I winner and fifth graded scorer for Mr Speaker. A daughter of SW It's Over, SP Miss Scout failed to get in foal to Cross Traffic for 2020, but had a Laugh Track filly in 2021. She did not get in foal to Runaway Ghost for 2022 and was bred back to that stallion this year.
Saturday, Del Mar
HOLLYWOOD DERBY-GI, $402,500, Del Mar, 12-3, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:49.34, fm.
1–SPEAKING SCOUT, 122, g, 3, by Mr Speaker
1st Dam: Miss Scout (SP), by Pleasant Tap
2nd Dam: It's Over, by Stop the Music
3rd Dam: Terminal Blush, by Silent Screen
1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I WIN. ($10,000 Wlg
'19 KEENOV; $3,000 Ylg '20 OBSOCT). O-Eclipse
Thoroughbred Partners; B-Mike Abraham (KY); T-H. Graham
Motion; J-Juan J. Hernandez. $240,000. Lifetime Record:
14-4-4-0, $500,668. Werk Nick Rating: A.
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2–Spycatcher, 122, c, 3, Noble Mission (GB)–Monique's
Candy, by Candy Ride (Arg). 1ST G1 BLACK TYPE. ($220,000
2yo '21 OBSAPR). O-Muir Hut Stables, LLC; B-St. Elias
Stables, LLC (KY); T-Mark Glatt. $80,000.
3–Wit, 122, c, 3, Practical Joke–Numero d'Oro, by Medaglia
d'Oro. ($575,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Repole Stable, St. Elias
Stable, & Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck); B-Rosilyn Polan
(KY); T-Todd A. Pletcher. $48,000.
Margins: 3/4, NO, 1 1/4. Odds: 8.20, 33.90, 1.90.
Also Ran: Handy Dandy, Cabo Spirit, St Anthony, Evan Harlan, Script, Clutch Hitter, Celestial City. Scratched: War At Sea.
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