Public Sector wins the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 6, 2021. NYRA/ Janet Garaguso photo.

Public Sector Aims to Keep Hot Streak Going in Hollywood Derby

TVG Staff Report

A capacity field of 14 and one also eligible were entered the $400,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) on Nov. 27, the first of two top-level on the weekend at Del Mar. 

Trainer Chad Brown, who has successfully dispatched 3-year-olds from his New York stable to victories in the 1 1/8 mile turf test three times in its eight runnings at Del Mar, will be represented by multiple-stakes winner Public Sector (GB) and Sifting Sands (GB). They were part of an eight-horse contingent that arrived earlier this week as Brown seeks to add to his nine previous wins in stakes that comprise the meet-closing Turf Festival and make it back-to-back scores in the Derby.

Public Sector earned his third consecutive graded stakes victories by capturing the Grade 2 Hill Prince Stakes, a nine-furlong inner turf test for sophomores at Belmont Park on Oct. 23. The bay son of Kingman (GB) settled five lengths back in third down the backstretch before making a sweeping move in the stretch to wear down Never Surprised to win by a neck, earning a career-best 91 Beyer Speed Figure.

Public Sector arrived at the Hill Prince off two sharp Saratoga graded stakes coups, taking the Grade 2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on Aug. 6 and the Grade 3 Saranac four weeks later. 

His stablemate, Domestic Spending (GB), earned a victory by a head over Smooth Like Strait in the 2020 Hollywood Derby. Irad Ortiz, Jr., who rode Domestic Spending, has the call on Public Sector.

“As long as he ran well, we really thought he could follow the path Domestic Spending ended up getting out to the Hollywood Derby last year for his last start of the year,” Brown said of Public Sector after the Hill Prince.

Irad’s brother, Jose Ortiz, will be aboard Sifting Sands as the siblings, Nos. 2 and 4 in national purse earnings for 2021, venture from New York and put their talents on display here for the weekend. Hall of Fame veteran John Velazquez also will take up temporary residence in the jockey colony and will ride In Effect for Jack Sisterson in the Derby.

The locally-based line of defense against the eastern invaders is led by the winner of the Twilight Derby (G2) at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 – Subconscious. Subconscious, a son of Tapit trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, has gone from a maiden victory here in his fourth career start to the graded level triumph in the Twilight Derby in a span of two months.