Deeply Undervalued and Commonwealth Derby Day Payoff at Laurel Park
Saturday’s Commonwealth Day at was a big success at Laurel Park. And the featured race saw Deeply Undervalued take the outside path down the lane and rally from eight lengths back to win the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2) by a length. Isoterm was second in blanket finish, a head in front of He’ll Pay, who was a nose better than the 7/5 favorite, American Patriot in fourth. Revved, the co-second choice finished fifth.
Deeply Undervalued, off at 6-1, is a Kitten’s Joy colt. She ran 9 furlongs on the firm turf in 1:46.63 for jockey Manny Franco. Making improvement through six starts, Deeply Undervalued made a big jump in class for Saturday’s Derby and delivered a top effort.
“It was a nice win,” said winning trainer Chad Brown. “I’m really proud of Manny and the way he rode this horse. We’ve been really high on this horse and it’s nice to win this following up his summer campaign. He got a great trip and a patient ride.”
Deeply Undervalued settled into eighth place, behind fractions of :23.58, :47.69, and 1:11.94 through six furlongs set by Franklin Towers. After a three-wide move in the final turn, however, the colt found room on the outside and surged by the frontrunners.
“I just let him be comfortable after he stumbled a little bit,” Manuel said of the trip. “I tried to be covered up, but when it was time to move, I took him to the outside and he made a big run.”
The winner paid $15.40, $7.60, and $4.80 across the board. Isotherm brought $5 and $4.20, and He’ll Pay delivered $8 to show.
Bred in Kentucky by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, Deeply Undervalued now has a 2-3-0 record from six starts with $213,132 in earnings.
Earlier in the card, Stuart Janney’s homebred My Impression put together one of the more impressive performances of the day with a 3 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3).
Late-blooming 5-year-old Blacktype (FR) won his third race in a row and second straight graded stakes when he turned in a record-setting performance to beat longshot Top of Mine and favored Force the Pass by a half-length Saturday at Laurel Park in the Grade 2, $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup. Blacktype (7/2) rallied along the rail in the 1 mile race and hit the wire in 1:33.43 to break the 10-year old record by nearly one full second.