Given a ground-saving ride by veteran Joe Bravo, None Above the Law fired in the lane and came away a winner by three-quarters of a length in the 77th running of the $250,00 Del Mar Derby (G2) at Del Mar on Sept. 4.
Trained by Peter Miller, None Above the Law rated seventh, then sixth in the field of 13 as Hockey Dad cut fractions of :23.80 and :48 on the front end over a course rated firm. The son of Karakontie (JPN) then found running room in the stretch and outfinished his dozen rivals late to tally his sixth victory and push his career earnings up to $454,060.
“Peter (Miller) told me this horse can do anything,” Bravo said. “He wins running seven eighths on the dirt; he wins going a mile and one-eighth on the grass. We just saved all we could and I showed him daylight turning for home. He really got up under me. I’m having fun riding out here. Riding for good horsemen and riding good horses in Southern California. What more could a guy want?”
Owned and bred in California by his owners, J. Kirk and Judy Robison, None Above the Law covered the 1 1/8-miles in 1:48.97. Flashiest got up for second with Hockey Dad a head back in third.
“I know he went from a mile on turf (ninth in theOceanside Stakes) to seven-furlongs on the dirt (won the Real Good Deal) to a mile and an eighth on the turf to win this,” Miller said. “You won’t find that in any training manual, that’s not the way you do it. But this horse just does everything well. He’s just an overachiever and I just love this horse. The Robinsons are longtime clients and what a ride by Joe Bravo.”
None Above the Law paid $23.00, $13.60 and $8.60. Flashiest returned $14.80 and $8.00, while Hockey Dad paid $7.60 to show.