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FAN CLUB'S MISTER WINS WATERLOGGED AMERICAN DERBY
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 22, 2001) -- Patricia Miessler and Cliff Raber's Fan Club's Mister took the lead shortly after the start of the $250,000 American Derby and drew off for a 3½-length victory in the Grade II race for 3-year-olds Sunday at Arlington Park.
The American Derby is the second leg of Arlington's Mid-America Triple which began June 30 with the Grade II $200,000 Arlington Classic and concludes with the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes August 18.
Randy Meier, who rode his 3,500th winner Thursday and turned 47-years-old Friday, was aboard the Illinois-foaled son of Mr. Greeley who covered the mile and three-sixteenth over extremely soft going in 2:03.27.
"He did everything we wanted him to," Meier said. "He's been training super. He's been relaxing more every time I get on him. I was able to set the pace. Today he relaxed and he was pricking his ears. Whenever I wanted to move, he'd move and then he'd settle again. I didn't want anybody to get in front of him. When we turned for home, I had a lot of horse. He handled the course beautifully. We were concerned because of the rain and the soft course, but it sure didn't bother him."
The victory was the fourth in 11 starts for the Rickey Harris-trained colt and the $150,000 winner's share nearly doubled his bankroll to $300,890.
"We haven't really thought about it," Harris said when asked about running Fan Club's Mister in the Secretariat, "but if he continues keep doing as well as he is, I don't see why we shouldn't."
Monsieur Cat, who took a brief lead at the outset of the race, stalked the winner rest of the way and finished second, three-quarters of a length ahead of favored Royal Spy. Sligo Bay, Heptagone and Rahy's Secret completed the order of finish. Cherokee Bay was pulled up on the first turn with an injury to his left front leg. The injury was splinted and the horse was taken back to barn for further evaluation.
"He was so uncomfortable out there that he never really got into the race," said Anthony Lovato, who rode the beaten favorite. "He tried to make one big run but he never got into it."
Sent of as the second-longest price in the race at odds of more than 18-1, Fan Club's Mister paid $38.20, $14.60 and $4.80. Monsieur Cat returned $20.00 and $6.80. Royal Spy paid $2.80.
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