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Gabriel Charles won the first divsion of the Del Mar Derby on the final weekend of Del Mar's meet (Photos courtesy Eclipse Sportswire).

Last week’s divided Del Mar Derbys provided two very different results – Gabriel Charles rallied from almost seven lengths off the pace to run down Redwood Kitten for the victory in the first division, while Ethnic Dance made every yard of the running, setting soft fractions, and stole the second division. The data from the second division of the Del Mar Derby is significantly more interesting, but let’s offer one note on the first division … first.

Gabriel Charles won an opening day division of the Oceanside Stakes in similar fashion to his Del Mar Derby score. In that event, he closed from off the pace, flashing home with a final eighth in 10.99 seconds, which has stood as the fastest final furlong of the meeting, and the fastest from at least the last two Del Mar meets. With an eighth to go, Gabriel Charles was still about five lengths behind the leader at the time, made up that ground and won by a head. Not surprisingly, he was dispatched a warm 1.90-to-1 favorite for the first Del Mar Derby division and did not disappoint.

ETHNIC DANCE TOOK THE LEAD EARLY ON AND NEVER GAVE IT UP IN HIS DERBY DIVISION

Ethnic Dance Inside

The second division of the Del Mar Derby was over after the break – rail-drawn Ethnic Dance went to the lead unchallenged and was allowed to dictate soft fractions. The son of Tribal Rule waltzed through three consecutive splits over 24 seconds before quickening away from the competition to win by 1 ¼ lengths. While the pace of this event made it almost impossible for anyone to catch Ethnic Dance, the data from fourth-place finisher Kid Dreams, fifth-placer General Election, and sixth-home Dorsett emerges as the most compelling in the race. Those three horses were beaten, 1 ½, two, and 2 ½ lengths, respectively, but all covered extra ground. Take note of the chart below which plots Ethnic Dance’s race vitals along with those of the also-rans.

September 1 - Del Mar Derby - 2nd Division

Finish

Horse

Avg MPH

Feet Traveled

Delta

1st

Ethnic Dance

37.8

5995

 

4th

Kid Dreams

37.9

6037

42

5th

General Election

37.9

6035

40

6th

Dorsett

37.9

6038

43


Kid Dreams, General Election, and Dorsett each ran faster over the course of the race than Ethnic Dance, and all three covered almost the same amount of extra ground relative to the wire-to-wire winner. Converted to lengths, the extra trip these three horses endured equates to roughly five lengths of added ground, figures all less than the respective margins of defeat. Second-place finisher Infinite Magic had a ground-saving trip, but soared home with a final quarter in 22.39 seconds and a final eighth in 11.13 seconds, both the fastest for the race.

The experience at Del Mar was hardly a solitary one in the weekend’s stakes action. Labor Day’s Vid Stakes at Gulfstream hosted another rail-drawn, gate-to-wire winner through a slow pace on the turf as Heiko led at every call in the 1 1/16-mile affair on turf. Second- place finisher Backseat Memories was drawn in gate eight, and covered 31 feet more than the winner, but lost by slightly less than a length. 

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings is the Director of Racing Information for Trakus. Based in Boston, Mass., Trakus provides full-field in-race tracking, instantaneous motion graphics, and real-time information to racetrack operators worldwide. Trakus is currently installed at racetracks in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Data analysis from Trakus appears on Twitter regularly @TrakusRacing.

Cummings also serves as the editor of DubaiRaceNight.com, a comprehensive website covering racing in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. He has covered the Dubai World Cup on site each year since 2007 and provides selections for the entire season of racing in the United Arab Emirates and full-card analysis for all racing at Meydan. He also is the North American correspondent for Al Adiyat, a Dubai-based weekly racing publication.

Prior to joining Trakus, he worked for seven years in the financial services industry, and has served the racing industry in various capacities since 1999.  Pat was the backup announcer at Philadelphia Park (now Parx Racing) from 1999 to 2009, and also has called cards at Atlantic City Race Course, Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Manor Downs, and Monmouth Park.

A member of the Turf Publicists of America, Pat earned his MBA from Baylor University in Texas and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.

 

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