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Bob Baffert, will roll out his 3 best So/Cal 3yo’s to run in this Saturday’s $750,000, GI Santa Anita Derby, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/8 mile around the Santa Anita main track!
Update – Hear The Ghost, off the derby trail with injury – “Link to Full Story”
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This final leg of the 2013 Derby Trail here at Santa Anita Park does also offer “100”points towards a GI Kentucky Derby gate for this year’s winner under the new 100-40-20-10 format for awarding derby points this year! So, the winner here on Saturday should easily move on to Louisville and the 139th running of the GI Kentucky Derby, Presented by Yum Brands!
This year’s Baffert GI Santa Anita Derby troika will include;
Super Ninety Nine, who looks to regain some past glory after an off outing in the GII Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn last out. Perhaps the warm southern California climate and fast Santa Anita surface could help bring him around to his winning ways once again!
Dido that for Flashback too, as he took it on the chin in the GII San Felipe Stakes here last month in a getting caught in deep stretch effort to hold on for 2nd, after a solid-looking win the GII Bob Lewis Stakes back in Feb.
Power Broker, winner of the GI Frontrunner Stakes here at Santa Anita last fall, then finished a decent enough 5th in the B/C Juvy tussle last Nov. but hasn’t raced at all in 2013. So a first out of the season in a GI 1 1/8 mile tussle again some now seasoned competition will be a daunting task. But, perhaps that sly boots Baffert has been playing possum with this one and saving his best for last here!
Goldencents, out of the Doug O’Neill barn, also looks to repair his Derby cred as well off a distant 4th finish in that same GII San Felipe Stakes last out after big wins in the GIII Delta Downs Jackpot and GIII Sham Stakes here way back in early Jan. here!
Tiz a Minister, the Cal/bred, who was just flying at the end of that GII San Felipe Stakes here last out would have the most to gain with the extra 1 /16 of a mile here on Saturday as in a few more jumps would have power-driven past Hear The Ghost and Flashback in that same GII San Felipe torrid finish! We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one here Saturday!
Hear The Ghost, off the derby trail with injury – “Link to Full Story”
Storm Fighter, winner of a Mar 2nd, Msw here at 1 1/16 mile by almost 6 lengths at least doesn’t have to stretch out very far to somehow be in the mix here on Saturday!
Summer Exclusive and Dirty Swagg rounds out this nicely sized field of 9 for Saturday’s GI Santa Anita Derby!
Race #9, 4 p.m. PDT
Today’s Forecast: Partly Cloudy
Picks are – 1,4,5,6 exacta box, with the 3 added to the back end of a super play!