Bet on the Hollywood Derby
The Hollywood Derby has undergone several different incarnations since its inception in 1938 and in 2014, the prestigious Grade 1 event will again go through some changes. Since Hollywood Park has closed, the race has moved to Del Mar and the mile and a quarter distance has been shortened to a mile and an eighth. Restricted to three-year-olds, the race offers a purse of $300,000 and is one of the final chances for sophomores to compete against age-restricted company.
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2016 Hollywood Derby Contenders
The 2015 renewal of the Hollywood Derby (G1) drew a full and competitive field of three-year-old turf horses, led by the heavy favorite Om. Om has the distinction of being one of only two horses to defeat American Pharoah and did so in his maiden victory.
Om broke well and stalked the pace, sitting just behind the front-running longshot Acceptance. He seized the lead at the top of the stretch and looked home clear until a pair of longshots, Chiropractor and March, began to rally from the back of the pack. Chiropractor finished a head in front while March and Om both gamely battled behind him.
As a baby, Chiropractor suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury and did not make his career debut until May of his three-year-old season. The Hollywood Derby (G1) was his stakes debut and his third win of the year.
2015 Order of Finish: Win Place Show
1st: Chiropractor $30.80 $18.00 $6.00
2nd March $14.80 $6.80
3rd: Om $2.60
(Also Ran: Fundamental, Offering Plan, Soul Driver, Closing Bell, Money Multiplier, Mister Brightside (IRE), Sharla Rae, Acceptance, Crittenden, Royal Albert Hall (GB), Win the Space Scratched: Vigilante)
Check back closer to the race for the contenders for the 2016 Hollywood Derby.
Did you know?
The Hollywood Derby has showcased some of the greatest horses, jockeys and trainers in the sport and no one has been as dominant as Bill Shoemaker. The legendary rider won eight editions of the Hollywood Derby from 1951 through 1986. Hall of Fame trainer Charlie Whittingham remains the most winning trainer in the history of the race with four wins to his credit from 1967 through 1989.
Over the course of the history of the Hollywood Derby, only three fillies have beaten the boys and none have been successful since 1952. Busher, an eventual Hall of Fame filly, was the first female to win the race in 1945. The following year, the great California-bred filly Honeymoon followed up with a win of her own. In 1952, A Gleam notched one of her impressive five California Stakes wins with a win in the Hollywood Derby. When all three fillies won it, it was known as the Westerner Stakes.
The 2013 edition of the Hollywood Derby was won by Seek Again, a highly-regarded homebred for Juddmonte Farms who was making his North American debut after racing in Europe. The chestnut colt stamped himself as a star on the rise with an impressive win from off of the pace.