Lothenbach Stables' Sonic Boom went straight to the front and never looked back in Saturday's Grade 3 American Derby at Arlington Park, going wire to wire under Julien Leparoux to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Gorgeous Kitten, third along the rail for much of the way, got up for second, with My Bariley third and Imposing Will fourth in the field of seven 3-year-olds.
Sonic Boom, a More Than Ready colt out of Silent Circle, by Indian Charlie, covered 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:49.90 after setting fractions of :23.43, :48.05, 1:13.65 and 1:38.35. He is trained by Ian Wilkes.
Bred in Kentucky by Athens Woods LLC and More Than Ready Syndicate, Sonic Boom was a $135,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase from the consignment of Eaton Sales.
Sonic Boom, the 3-5 favorite, was under some pressure early from Hembree, one of two horses in the race owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey (the other being runner-up Gorgeous Kitten), but by the time the field straightened away down the backstretch, he was clear on the lead and never seriously challenged thereafter.
“On the backside I felt very comfortable,” said Leparoux. “My horse relaxed for me and was doing it very easy. When I asked him at the quarter pole, he really kicked on nice.”
“It was a step forward today, and with Julien I think we figured out how to ride him,” said Wilkes.
Sonic Boom broke his maiden at Kentucky Downs last September going six furlongs, then did not win again until taking the one-mile Columbia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs in March. He was seventh next out at Keeneland in the G3 Transylvania, then won a one-mile May 29 Churchill Downs allowance race. He now sports four wins from nine starts. All of his victories are on turf.
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