Inside track to win skips `Derek,' `Lawyer'

Barbaro's owners get 2nd victory, too


Kentucky Derby


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sometimes, a horse just doesn't have it.

Yesterday, stuck in far outside posts, neither Brother Derek, starting 18th, the morning-line favorite, who came into the Kentucky Derby as a California star, nor Lawyer Ron, in the 17th hole and the impressive Arkansas Derby winner, could get the job done.

"I never got a chance to drop in," said Brother Derek's jockey Alex Solis after his horse finished in a dead heat for fourth. "Not the whole race. It was rough out there. He ran hard. He tried hard. But never had a chance with him."

The dead heat between Brother Derek and Jazil was only the second in Derby history and first since Oil Capital and Hawley dead-heated for fifth in 1950.

Lawyer Ron, who finished 12th, had no such excuse. Trainer Bob Holthus said his big chestnut horse simply didn't have anything when he turned for home.

"He just never really kicked it in," Holthus said. "That is the first time he has ever run that way. We'll have to wait a few days, check him out and see if we find anything that caused him to do this."

Jockey John McKee said Lawyer Ron was in good position at the first turn and the pace wasn't that difficult.

"But turning for home ... I didn't have any horse underneath me at all. He didn't have any excuse."

Big, big day

Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who own Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, had a bigger day than most horsemen could hope for. Not only did they win the Derby with their homebred, but another of their homebred horses, George Washington, won the 2000 Guineas, the first of the European Classic turf races yesterday afternoon.

"I don't know how to explain it," Roy said. "I don't know why this has happened to us, but we're really enjoying it. All of you who follow racing know you have your ups and downs. And we're just enjoying this."

In the crowd

John McDaniel, chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, was in the paddock before the Derby. He and his wife were there to support Deputy Glitters. McDaniel said he had bought Deputy Glitters' mother, Glitters, a year ago and was hoping to see value-added to their purchase. Deputy Glitters finished eighth.

Breeder Mike Pons and his brother John were in the paddock for the Humana Distaff Handicap (Grade I), and celebrated the victory of Pussycat Doll, sired by Real Quiet out of Hookedonthefeelin by Citidancer. The Pons are connected to the winner, having bred Pussycat's mother, which they sold as a weanling, and still own Citidancer.

Looking toward the Preakness Stakes, Mike Pons said the Malibu Moon Partnership is considering putting up the late nomination fee of $100,000 for Maryland 3-year-old Ah Day, owned and trained by King Leatherbury.

Also spotted in the crowd was former Oriole Cal Ripken.

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