The Santa Anita Derby (G1) is a prep for the Kentucky Derby. The points to be awarded to top four finishers are 100-40-20-10. The field of seven will be tested going 1 1/8 miles.
Race 8. Santa Anita Derby (G1). For three-year-old going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. Purse $400,000.
|1||Friar’s Road||Geovanni Franco||Michael McCarthy||20/1|
|2||Rushie||Flavien Prat||Michael McCarthy||8/1|
|3||Shooters Shoot||Abel Cedillo||Peter Eurton||8/1|
|4||Anneau d’Or||Victor Espinoza||Blaine Wright||15/1|
|5||Azul Coast||UMBERTO RISPOLI||Bob Baffert||15/1|
|6||Honor A. P.||Mike Smith||John Shirreffs||9/5|
|7||Authentic||Drayden Van Dyke||Bob Baffert||4/5|
Friar’s Road is still a maiden and is making his graded stakes debut after consecutive runner-up finishes. He is out classed and should not be a factor.
Rushie in his last start won an allowance race at Oaklawn Park. He likes to be close to the pace and is an improving horse. He has a chance of finding a spot on the board.
Shooters Shoot won an allowance/optional claimers at Oaklawn. He has speed and will try to part of the lead group. He mostly likely will be tested throughout the race and will start to weaken around the final turn and start backing up down the stretch. He should be able to hold on for s spot on the board.
Anneau D’ last two efforts in the Risen Star and Arkansas Derby were not stake level efforts. He needs to find his two -year-old ability to have any chance. He is out classed and should not be a factor at the wire.
Azul Coast won the El Camino Real Derby at the race distance. He finished second in the Sham Stakes (G3) at 1 mile. He should be able to capture a spot on the board.
Honor A.P. finished second in the San Felipe (G2). He is very likely to improve in his second start as a 3-year-old. The extra distance should improve his chances of finishing in the top two.
Authentic is undefeated in three races. He will be asked from his outside post position to take the lead and move into position near the rail. His main obstacle could be the distance. He should be able to carry his ability to his fourth win.
J’s Top Three Picks:
- Honor A.P.
- Shooters Shoot