When at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Saturday's performance by Rotation in the Grade 3, $300,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs was a perfect example of that age-old truth.
The colt by Tapit out of the Olympio mare Free Spin, bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, was the favorite in last month's Super Derby Prelude. He stumbled out of the gate, nearly unseating rider Richard Eramia, but recovered and finished well to be fourth.
This Saturday was a different story for the well-bred full brother to Tapiture. He broke from the rail and laid off the pace of Pirate's Punch and jockey Robby Albarado. Eramia got his charge clear in the second turn and drew off easily, completing 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43.70. Pirate's Punch hung on to finish third, while morning-line favorite Knicks Go was fourth.
“Robby Albarado is a smart rider and controlled the pace,” Eramia said. “I got the exact trip I was hoping for. My horse stumbled last time, but really deserved to win. I want to thank Steve, the owners, and everyone on the backside for doing a great job.”
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen also won the 2018 edition of the Super Derby with Limation. This year, he sent out both the winner Rotation and runner-up Vanglider.
“Rotation is a very handy horse,” said Asmussen. “It was tough to see the trouble he had in the Prelude. Referring to the incident as a stumble out of the gate is not doing it justice; it's like calling the Grand Canyon a ditch! But to his credit and the team down there, including Misty Drinkwater and Ashley Trosclair, it all came together.
“We are very proud of him. This is a significant win.”
Rotation returned $13.40 to his backers and increased his career earnings to $302,318. No next start has been planned.
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