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Isaypete Wins Calder Derby

October 30, 1999

MIAMI (AP) _ Long shots finished 1-2 in the $200,000 Calder Derby on Saturday as Isaypete closed with a rush to beat Rhythmean by a half-length.

Isaypete, shipped in from California, went off at 17-1, while Rhythmean, shipped in from Ohio, was an 80-1 shot. Phi Beta Doc, the favorite, was third in the field of 12 3-year-olds.

Isaypete, ridden by Jose Ferrer, covered 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:50 and paid $36.40, $16 and $12.20.

Rhythmean paid $66.20 and $17.40, while Phi Beta Doc paid $3.80 to show. The trifecta paid $10,009.80.

Isaypete was last into the first turn with Rhythmean fifth as Press Type and Minor Wisdom fought for the lead. Rhythmean, on the outside, swept to the lead on the far turn. Press Type fell back to second with Special Coach third and Minor Wisdom fourth. Phi Beta Doc was seventh and Isaypete remained far off the pace.

Rhythmean turned for home with a length lead over Special Coach. Monkey Puzzle rallied into third and Isaypete started his move. Rhythmean finished gamely, but could not hold off Isaypete, who caught him from the outside in the final 50 yards.

Phi Beta Doc was three-quarters of a length behind Rythmean and a neck in front of Crash Course.

It was the third straight stakes victory for Isaypete, a Kentucky-bred son of Peteski. In his stakes debut, at Fairplex on Sept. 18, he won the $48,000 Derby Trial and one week later won the $100,000 Pomona Derby at the same track, both on dirt. His victory Saturday raised his earnings to $266,740 with five victories in 10 starts.

He was bred by his trainer, James Chapman, and is owned by Carolyn Chapman and Theresa McArthur.

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