I’d hoped to post about this yesterday before the race, but Medici Code added to his success story last night with a win in the 9F turf Del Mar Derby, a Group 2 contest worth $400,000.
On 6lb worse terms than for his last win in the La Jolla Hcp, he confirmed that earlier form with Worldly, who finished third last night.
Two other more recent French imports headed the market – Stoneside (2nd in the Prix Jean Prat) was the beaten favourite.
Medici Code paid $12.60, just over 5-1. He’s now picked up around $350,000 in prize money since his transfer to California and has more than justified the enormous price paid for him after winning three class 5 handicaps at Southwell and Wolverhampton.
European imports made up half the field of ten and provided the first four in the betting – who’d be a Del Mar punter?