Sunday, August 08, 2010
Darby Dan yearling sale graduates Demarcation and Cryptolight formed the exacta in the $125,000 West Virginia Governor’s Stakes on Aug. 7 at Mountaineer Park.
Demarcation rallied from far back to earn the victory, the fourth stakes win of his career. The Paul McGee trainee had previously won the 2009 Ack Ack (G3) and 2008 River City (G3) Handicaps at Churchill Downs, as well as the 2008 Franklin-Simpson S. at Kentucky Downs. For stakes winner Cryptolight, it was the ninth stakes performance of his career, third of 2010.
In the Governor's, Demarcation settled near the back of the seven horse field, and was some 15 lengths off the lead after a half-mile. Rider Joel Rosario asked his mount to rally three furlongs from the wire, and the team were really in gear at the quarter pole. Demarcation came four wide into the stretch, and rolled past Cryptolight late to win going away by 1 1/4-lengths. Cryptolight had just wrested the lead from $745,000 Graded stakes winner Z Humor when Demarcation collared him near the wire. Z Humor would finish third, 6 3/4 lengths behind Cryptolight.
Bred in Kentucky by Canard Investments, Demarcation has won nine races and $502,674 for the Amerman Racing Stables, who purchased him for $100,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale. Cryptolight was also sold at Keeneland September 2005. Racing for Paul Gutheil and Ronald DeWolfe, he has earned $432,320 from a record of 42-9-13-9.
Darby Dan Sales consignments have already produced nine stakes winners of 2010, including Graded stakes winners Funny Moon-G2, Lord Shanakill-G2, Aurora Lights-G3, Bearpath-G3, and Taqarub-G3.