December 8, 2021

Super Stock surges late to upend Arkansas Derby rivals

Super Stock
Super Stock wins the Arkansas Derby (Photo by Coady Photography)

Super Stock stamped his Kentucky Derby ticket with a 12-1 upset in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), powering his way to the lead in the stretch and drawing away to a 2 1/2-length decision. Ricardo Santana Jr. was up for trainer Steve Asmusen, who notched a record-equaling fifth Arkansas Derby win.

Asmussen trains the Dialed In colt for his dad, Keith Asmussen, and Erv Woolsey.

Pacesetter Caddo River re-rallied late to edge previously unbeaten Rebel S. (G2) winner Concert Tour, the 3-10 favorite, for runner-up honors in the major Kentucky Derby qualifier, which awarded points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the top four finishers.

Super Stock was making his second of the season in the 1 1/8-mile race, recording a non-threatening fourth in the March 13 Rebel following a five-month layoff.

He also finished third in a pair of points-scoring races last year, the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and Iroquois S. (G3), before concluding his juvenile season with a close second in the Street Sense S. at Churchill Downs in mid-October.

The bay sophomore settled a couple of lengths off the lead in third in the six-horse Arkansas Derby, as Caddo River showed the way through opening splits in :22.62, :46.21, and 1:11.25 while being closely tracked by Concert Tour in second. Concert Tour advanced to take a short lead entering the stretch.

Super Stock came under a ride nearing the completion of the far turn. He began to make serious headway when being guided to the outside with about a furlong remaining, closing resolutely to overhaul Concert Tour and draw clear.

The winner stopped the teletimer in 1:50.92.

Caddo River, the 3-1 second choice, wound up a head better than Concert Tour. It was another half-length to Get Her Number, who wound up 10 1/2 lengths better than Last Samurai, and Hozier trailed.

Bred in Kentucky by Pedro and P.J. Gonzalez, Super Stock was purchased for $70,000 as a yearling at the 2019 Keeneland September sale. He counts Grade 1-placed Boujie Girl as a half-sister, both are out of the Closing Argument mare Super Girlie.