California invader Why Two lived up to his prohibitive favoritism by winning the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby Saturday at the Phoenix oval. Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Why Two ($2.60) shot straight to the front and had enough in reserve to hold off the late-stretch challenges of Rock Hard Kowboy by a length with Our Brother B.A. another 2 ¼ lengths back in third in the field of eight 3-year-olds. “He got a breather out there,” said Gryder, “and wasn’t surprised by the closers.
He’s still learning how to race. ”Trained by Michael Machowsky for the Kagele Brothers and Ernest Marcho, Why Two covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.39 for his second win in three starts and earnings of $81,973.“We’ll look at the Sunland Derby (March 23) for his next start,” said Machowsky.
Arizona OaksSUM Racer ($8.00) and Daniel Vergara took the overland, come-from-behind-route to win the $35,000 Arizona Oaks by two lengths. California shipper Bullwinkle Babe held second with SUM Racer’s stablemate Hip Ninety Three finishing third in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies. Trained by F.C Frazier for owner Brent Stapley, SUM Racer, covered the one mile in 1:39.67 while winning for the third time in seven outings and her first stakes win.