|ND Derby / Futurity Preview|
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|Thursday, July 18, 2013|
'Girl Power' in NoDak Derby, Futurity
Dakota Girl is Derby favorite while Tiff is talk of the Futurity
Ryan Roshau, NDHP Media Relations Director
In most years, the North Dakota Derby and North Dakota Futurity are run as feature races on their own separate cards. But 2013 isn’t “most years”.
The boutique meet this summer necessitates that the high profile races are doubled up on one race card. And oh, what a race card it is.
The $10,000 estimated North Dakota Derby highlights the card as the “Run for the Prairie Roses” goes off as the day’s ninth race—a one mile test over the oval. The leading lady in the field is Ralph Buchholz’ Dakota Girl who comes into the race off of two straight victories at Chippewa Downs, the latter being a 4 3/4 length frolic in the $7,000 NDTOBA Stallion Derby.
Buchholz, a long-time veteran of the North Dakota thoroughbred game last saddled a winner of the Derby here in Fargo ten years ago with Maddies Blues, but the last horse he won the ND Derby with as an owner/trainer was Patty Kim up at Assiniboia Downs in 1991. Fittingly, Patty Kim is the dam of Dakota Girl who tries to emulate her mother 22 years later. Before this race turns into an overwhelming ‘Chick Flick’ let’s remember that in the history of the ND Derby in Fargo, no filly has won the race; 0 for 8 since 2003 and some quality members of the fair sex have tested the Derby’s one mile distance.
If Dakota Girl is the heroine with Nick Haar aboard, then there is also a Butch who is primed to spoil the show. Owner/Trainer Butch Herman crafts his trade in the Turtle Mountains and he has a 1-2 punch to take down the race favorite in Hello Scarlet and Tattle Tale Cat. The former has won multiple stakes
including the NDTOBA Futurity here in Fargo last July. Since that impressive run she has lost three straight as a sophomore and finished a woeful fifth in the NDTOBA Stallion Stakes at the hand of Dakota Girl. Tattle Tale Cat meanwhile broke her maiden at Chippewa Downs in mid-June and proceeded to run
second in the NDTOBA Stallion Stakes. Damon Leeds gets the call on Hello Scartlet while Mikhail Carmichael is up on Tattle Tale Cat. The fourth member of the Derby’s fearsome foursome is Go Socks Go, the only maiden the quartet. Gordy Wilke’s charge will be ridden by Jordan Olesiak. ‘Socks is 0/5 lifetime but does carry the good breeding put into her by Bill Maulding and she has shown to be coming on in her recent starts. If the mile distance is to her liking she could be a lights-out winner that few expect.