William Lawrence and Klaravich Stable's Deeply Undervalued finished very strongly in Saturday's G2 Commonwealth Derby at Laurel Park, winning by a length on the wire. The sophomore son of Kitten's Joy, ridden by Manny Franco, covered nine furlongs on the firm turf in 1:46.63 for trainer Chad Brown.
“It was a nice win,” Brown said from Belmont Park. “I'm really proud of Manny and the way he rode this horse. We've been really high on this horse and it's nice to this this win following up his summer campaign. He got a great trip and a patient ride.”
Deeply Undervalued took a bit of a bobbling step at the start, allowing Franco to settle the colt in third from last early on in the race. Franklin Towers set a solid early pace, covering the fractions in 23.58 and :47.69 while a length in front of He'll Pay and Scholar Athlete. Favorite American Patriot was just in behind them, but was challenged by Stevie Q for the spot along the rail.
Turning for home, He'll Pay took over the lead, with American Patriot closing on the inside. Deeply Undervalued came flying up the outside of the course under Franco, ranging up alongside Isotherm to challenge He'll Pay. In the end, it was Deeply Undervalued with the most momentum, winning by a length over Isotherm. He'll Pay had to settle for third, and American Patriot was fourth.
“I just let him be comfortable after he stumbled a little bit,” Franco said. “I tried to be covered up, but when it was time to move, I took him to the outside and he made a big run.”
Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Deeply Undervalued was a $200,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase. The Commonwealth Derby was his first try in graded company, and just his second lifetime win from six starts, improving his career earnings to nearly $220,000.
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