Looking Cool made the last run a winning one in the Grade 3 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows on Saturday night, edging Betweenhereandcool by a neck with a strong stretch run for trainer Carl Nafzger and owner/breeder Jim Tafel. Leandro Goncalves was aboard for the win. Bashaar finished third, with pacesetter Our Double Play fourth.
Looking Cool, a 17-1 longshot, came into the Iowa Derby off an eighth-place finishing behind Code West in the G3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs on June 15. His only two wins in nine previous starts came in a maiden score in January at Gulfstream Park and an optional claiming race at the South Florida track in March. His best previous stakes appearance was a second in the Northern Spur at Oaklawn Park in April.
A 3-year-old colt by Candy Ride, Looking Cool is out of the stakes-winning Forest Wildcast mare Coolwind. Tafel bred the first three dams of the Iowa Derby winner, all of them becoming (Coolwind, Scoop, Til Forbid) stakes winners.
Our Double Play, the 13-10 favorite, was under pressure on the front end for much of the way from Bob Baffert-trained second betting choice Manando, who was coming off a third-place finishing in the G3 Affirmed at Betfair Hollywood Park. Fractions were :23.39, :46.99, 1:11.54, 1:37.7. Our Double Play yielded in late stretch, and the final time for 1 1/16 miles on a fast track was 1:44.29.
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