Aiken trained Gabriel Charles wins Del Mar Derby
Gabriel Charles’ last three races have served as a harbinger of what was to come.
The son of Street Hero, broken and trained at the Palmetto Thoroughbred Training Center, was bred by Dr. Doris Tummillo,
The bay colt won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Stakes as a 2-year-old, and placed second in his next start, the Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita Park, to close out 2012. However, the colt would sustain an injury in the race.
The Jeff Mullins charge returned to the races, after a nearly seven-month layoff, recovering from a fractured pelvis, to close determinedly for the place position in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar in July.
It was those efforts that seemed to inspire the connections of the stakes winner. The bay colt, the favorite in the field of 10 horses in last Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile, $250,000, Grade 2 Del Mar Derby on the turf, proved to be much the best, as Gabriel Charles would go four wide, commandeering the lead from Redwood Kitten with a furlong to go, and drew off to win by 1 1/4-lengths, under regular rider, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Gabriel Charles has 3 wins and 2 seconds from seven career starts, and increased his earnings to $289,800.