By Steve Andersen
DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2014)–Daddy D T handled a 10-minute delay and traffic in early stretch without difficulty to win for the first time in his career in Wednesday’s $101,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Daddy D T ($7.20) closed from sixth in the final quarter-mile to win by a half-length over 3-1 Sky Preacher. Daddy D T ran a mile on turf in 1:36.35.
The race was delayed for several minutes after the colt Increase flipped in the gate, Kenji’s Thunder ran loose when the field was being reassembled, and Visitation was deemed unfit to start after being kicked by Increase while in an adjacent stall.
When the race started, Daddy D T was eighth of nine for the first quarter-mile, well behind pacesetter Pioneerof the West. Nakatani guided Daddy D T closer on the final turn and weaved between runners to find clear space in the final furlong.
“Corey had to find a place to go,” said winning owner Kosta Hronis.
Daddy D T trailed by three lengths with a furlong to go and closed steadily to reach the front.
Papacoolpapacool was third, followed by Dallas Skyline, Pioneerof the West, Highway Boss, Peacenluvpeacenluv, Litigation Road, and Conquest Bespoke. Dallas Skyline was the 2-1 favorite.
Daddy D T, trained by John Sadler, was sixth in his debut behind the well-regarded Om in a maiden race over 6 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 9. Had he won that race, Daddy D T would have started in Wednesday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, Hronis said. Hronis and Sadler opted for the turf race to get the ridgling a start around two turns.
“He’s a good athlete,” Hronis said.
By Scat Daddy, Daddy D T has bloodlines that have succeeded for Hronis and Sadler. They raced the Scat Daddy mare Lady of Shamrock, a six-time stakes winner in 2012 and 2013.
“We’ve had some luck with Scat Daddys on turf,” Hronis said.
Hronis said Daddy D T could be considered for two-turn stakes on dirt or turf at Santa Anita.