FRANKLIN, KY – The Elkstone Group’s Social Paranoia waited until the right moment before striking his way through to the front to win Sunday’s $600,000 Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby at Kentucky Downs.
Breaking from the rail under Jose Ortiz as the 1/2 favorite, Social Paranoia sat less than 2 lengths behind the front-runners. Temple led the way, but Ry’s the Guy and Bad Boy were also in the mix.
Still in hand through the far turn, Social Paranoia waited until Ortiz shifted him out into the clear. Responding sharply when asked, Social Paranoia swept to the front and proved too tough to hold off. The Todd Pletcher trainee crossed a 1/2-length ahead in a track-record time of 2:08.50 for the 1 5/16-mile event over the firm turf course.
“Great job by Todd, and his team,” said Ortiz. “The horse was ready. I was just a passenger out there. I tried to give him the best trip I can, and that’s what I did.”
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