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My Best Brother Best in Del Mar Derby

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My Best Brother set all the pace in Sunday’s 68th running of the Del Mar Derby (G2) and had plenty left late to hold race favorite Howe Great at bay to the wire.

Piloted by Martin Garcia, My Best Brother hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Howe Great, covering the nine furlongs in 1:46.84.

My Best Brother, a 5-1 shot Sunday, won the second division of the Oceanside Stakes on opening day July 18 and was nosed out by Old Time Hockey in the La Jolla Handicap Aug. 11.

Third Sunday was 7-2 second choice Brother Francis, a length behind Howe Great and a half-length in front of fourth-place Power Foot in the field of 10 sophomore runners.

My Best Brother, a son of Stormy Atlantic owned by the longtime partnership of Bill Currin and Al Eisman and trained by Julio Canani, paid $14, $6.40 and $4.20 while earning $180,000 to increase his bankroll to $343,090 with his fourth victory in eight starts.

“This is a nice horse,” said Canani. “After the La Jolla he was training unbelievable. He was keeping his weight up good, he eats every day. If after the La Jolla he would have been acting different, I might worry. But everything was good, all the time.”

My Best Brother/Benoit photo