Gato Del Sol Wins!

GATO DEL SOL came away relaxed in last position and clear of horses, advanced on the outside under his own courage in the backstretch, picked up the field with a strong run completing the turn to take command before the furlong pole, was unaffected by REINVESTED leaning on him briefly and drew clear under strong right hand use of the whip into the final yards. LASER LIGHT also relaxed in the early running, followed GATO DEL SOL around horses leaving the backstretch and was wide straightening away for the final stretch drive, loomed boldly but could not sustain his bid while gamely besting REINVESTED for the place. REINVESTED, intimidated by WATER BANK leaving the half-mile marker and bothering CASSALERIA, swung slightly out on that rival getting room on the outside to follow GATO DEL SOL approaching mid-stretch, leaned in briefly under right hand urging and hung. WATER BANK saved ground early, found room between rivals with a stretch bid and hung. MUTTERING, well placed from the beginning, made a bid between horses entering the stretch and weakened slightly. ROCKWALL finished well without being a threat. AIR FORBES WON responded with a strong run to reach the leaders completing the final turn and weakened late. STAR GALLANT was never a serious factor. MAJESTY'S PRINCE bore out slightly while tiring. CUPECOY'S JOY set the pace in comfortable fashion into the stretch turn before giving way. EL BABA, well situated closest to the pace, drew on even terms for the lead entering the stretch and weakened suddenly. CASSALERIA was being outrun when bothered by REINVESTED in the backstretch and never became a factor. ROYAL ROBERTO was outrun at all stages. BOLD STYLE saved ground racing forwardly placed for six furlongs and tired. WOLFIE'S RASCAL lost ground and dropped back early. NEW DISCOVERY gave a dull effort. REAL DARE tired badly. Scratched - Rock Steady.

Trainer

Edwin J. Gregson

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Jockey

Eddie Delahoussaye

Eddie Delahoussaye won the Kentucky Derby in consecutive years aboard Gato del Sol (1982) and Sunny's Halo (1983), and won two Kentucky Oaks with Bold 'n Determined (1980) and Sardula (1994). He won two Belmont Stakes, the Preakness Stakes and seven Breeders' Cup Championships. Delahoussaye was US Champion Jockey by wins in 1978, was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1981 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. Other notable mounts include: A.P. Indy, Risen Star, and Princess Rooney. // Full Bio...

Breeder

Arthur B. Hancock, III. & Leone J. Peters

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1975-2000

The Bicentennial to the Dawn of Simulcasting

As president, Lynn Stone headed the efforts that ended two separate takeover attempts by Brownell Combs II of Spendthrift Farm and Irwin L. Jacobs, respectively in 1984. In August 1984, Stone resigned, following huge financial losses that resulted from two years of failed summer racing. Stone was replaced by acting President Thomas H. Meeker, a former general counsel to Churchill Downs while with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. In September 1984, Meeker was named permanently to the position.

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Kentucky Derby 108 Race Recap

GATO DEL SOL came away relaxed in last position and clear of horses, advanced on the outside under his own courage in the backstretch, picked up the field with a strong run completing the turn to take command before the furlong pole, was unaffected by REINVESTED leaning on him briefly and drew clear under strong right hand use of the whip into the final yards. LASER LIGHT also relaxed in the early running, followed GATO DEL SOL around horses leaving the backstretch and was wide straightening away for the final stretch drive, loomed boldly but could not sustain his bid while gamely besting REINVESTED for the place. REINVESTED, intimidated by WATER BANK leaving the half-mile marker and bothering CASSALERIA, swung slightly out on that rival getting room on the outside to follow GATO DEL SOL approaching mid-stretch, leaned in briefly under right hand urging and hung. WATER BANK saved ground early, found room between rivals with a stretch bid and hung. MUTTERING, well placed from the beginning, made a bid between horses entering the stretch and weakened slightly. ROCKWALL finished well without being a threat. AIR FORBES WON responded with a strong run to reach the leaders completing the final turn and weakened late. STAR GALLANT was never a serious factor. MAJESTY'S PRINCE bore out slightly while tiring. CUPECOY'S JOY set the pace in comfortable fashion into the stretch turn before giving way. EL BABA, well situated closest to the pace, drew on even terms for the lead entering the stretch and weakened suddenly. CASSALERIA was being outrun when bothered by REINVESTED in the backstretch and never became a factor. ROYAL ROBERTO was outrun at all stages. BOLD STYLE saved ground racing forwardly placed for six furlongs and tired. WOLFIE'S RASCAL lost ground and dropped back early. NEW DISCOVERY gave a dull effort. REAL DARE tired badly. Scratched - Rock Steady.