2023 Hollywood Derby & Jimmy Durante Stakes Recap

East-coast powerhouse Chad Brown made the cross-country trek well worthwhile when sending out Program Trading to take the feature G1 2023 Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Saturday. Brown had hopes of a big-race double but his favorite Lady De Berry was foiled by upset winner Zona Verde in the G3 2023 Jimmy Durante Stakes.


Hollywood Derby – G1 – purse $300,000 – 1m 1f – turf – 3yo

Trading turns a tidy profit

Hollywood is where stars are born and the Hollywood Derby may have put a new turf star on center stage after the progressive Program Trading nailed his second G1 in five starts with a game defeat of Webslinger and British raider Silver Knott at Del Mar on Saturday.

The 4-5 favorite moved to a four-for-five count in a career that only started in May, sitting back from the fractions set by Silver Knott until slicing through the field around the turn.

Program Trading ran down Silver Knott and then repelled the late thrust of second-choice Webslinger, who was closing willingly all the way to the line but came up a neck short when the camera clicked. Silver Knott held on to the show, two and a quarter lengths back.

2023 Hollywood Derby Race Video


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“As soon as I asked him to make a run, he was there for me,” said jockey Flavien Prat. “He has run well every time and I think he will improve.”

The result was a photocopy of the 2023 G1 Saratoga Derby in August, in which Program Trading beat Webslinger by a head. Saturday’s success was trainer Chad Brown’s fourth in the Hollywood Derby, all in the last seven years, a record he now shares with the great Charlie Whittingham.

2023 Hollywood Derby race payouts

1. Program Trading$3.80$2.60$2.10
2. Webslinger$3.40$2.40
3. Silver Knott$2.60

Winning time: 1m 47.82s

Jimmy Durante Stakes – G3 – purse $100,000 – 1m – turf – 2yo fillies

Zona Verde in bloom

Her career in Ireland was going nowhere but the move to California has seen her blossom, and Zona Verde continued on the up-and-up when making her stakes breakthrough in the Jimmy Durante, holding off Lady De Berry and Yatta to spring an upset.

She had broken her maiden on her first start Stateside and the 10-1 seventh-choice of ten – the outsider of trainer Phil D’Amato’s trio – took the race by the scruff of the neck from the outset, going quickly to the lead from her outside post.

2023 Jimmy Durante Stakes Race Video


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Zona Verde was still there on the home turn and just when it looked as though the posse would swallow her up, she found a change of gear and drove clear, running hard to the wire to get there by a length from the rallying favorite Lady De Berry. Yatta came through from the back to hit the show, another neck away.

“She was comfortable on the lead,” said jockey Juan Hernandez. “When I asked her to go, she took off again – she surprised me.”

2023 Jimmy Durante Stakes race payouts

1. Zona Verde$23.60$9.20$5.80
2. Lady De Berry$3.80$2.60
3. Yatta$4.40

Winning time: 1m 36.02s

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