Wildcat Heir, the nation's leading fourth-crop sire and Florida's leading sire, had a huge week topped off on July 1 when Derwin's Star scored a 3 ½-length victory in the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses H. at Belmont Park.
Fourth after an opening half-mile in 45.24 seconds, Derwin’s Star dove through an opening leaving the quarter-pole and quickly assumed command, drawing clear under Ramon Dominguez to hit the wire in 1:22.53 for the seven furlongs.
“She was right behind the speed,” said Dominguez afterward. “(Trainer) Steve (Klesaris) said, ‘If you can get behind the speed, just wait and she’ll fire for you,’ and sure enough turning for home she found the opening and just took off.”
The $150,000 Bed o’ Roses was the first graded stakes for 5-year-old Derwin’s Star, who was purchased privately by Klesaris following her 2-year-old campaign. As a 3-year-old, she won the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks and finished third to Blind Luck and Havre de Grace in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.
“This filly has always shown a lot of ability from way back when she was third to Blind Luck and Havre de Grace,” said Klesaris, who co-owns Derwin’s Star with Marcia Cohen.
The 2-1 second choice, Derwin’s Star earned $90,000. With a record of 8-1-2 from 17 starts, she has now won $536,587.
“We’ll look at the Ballerina (Grade 1, Saratoga Race Course, August 24) next,” said Klesaris.
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