Kentucky-bred Super Stock secured a berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 1 with a facile victory in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 10. Fellow Kentucky-breds Caddo River finished second and the previously undefeated Concert Tour held third.
Owned by Erv Woolsey and Keith Asmussen and trained by Steve Asmussen, Super Stock was bumped leaving the starting gate and settled in third position along the inside during the early stages of the race. After tracking pacesetters Caddo River and Concert Tour, Jockey Ricardo Santana angled Super Stock off the rail around the far turn. Once in the clear, Super Stock hit his best stride and mowed down the leaders late. The son of Darby Dan Farm stallion Dialed In went on to score by 2 ½ lengths, covering the 1 1/8 miles over the fast track in 1:50.92.
Bred in Kentucky by Pedro Gonzalez and P.J. Gonzalez, Super Stock was a $70,000 Keeneland September yearling. Super Stock broke his maiden in the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park last year at two. He finished third in both the Iroquois S. (G3) at Churchill Downs and the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland before closing out his juvenile campaign with a runner-up finish in the Street Sense S. at Churchill. He finished fourth in the Rebel S. (G2) in his sophomore bow on March 13.
With the win, Super Stock ranks third with 109 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.