We hooked up with the outside horse and my horse wanted to run off a little bit but then she relaxed on the backside. I was hoping that she was fit enough but she was. She really dug in and didn't give upUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Apr 20, 2009
Our plan was to settle. I asked Javier to give me four lengths at the start; after that, it was up to him. I thought there'd be more speed in the raceUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Apr 06, 2009
He had a lot of horse the whole trip, he settled nice, there was no problem. He got a nice trip through on the inside and he kept on goingUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Apr 11, 2011
The track was heavy and with those kind of fractions, it was bound to catch up with him. He ran well and we are proud of what he didUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Mar 16, 2009
He really took to it. When we went past the three-sixteenths pole, I was smiling. We'll be back in four weeksUPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup Mar 09, 2009
The Santa Anita Derby is an American Grade 1 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds run each April at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and carries a purse of $1 million. Inaugurated in 1935, it is considered the most important West Coast stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby. Since its inception, six Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.
Now run at a distance of 1 1/8 miles (9 Furlongs), for the first three years it was 1 1/16 miles, and at 1 1/4 miles in 1947. Until 2008 the race had been run on dirt surface. Starting in 2008 the race has been contested on Cushion Track (2008) and Pro-Ride (2009) artificial surfaces. The 2010 running is scheduled to be contested on Pro-Ride.
Prep races to the Santa Anita Derby include the San Rafael Stakes, San Miguel Stakes, San Felipe Stakes, Sham Stakes, San Vicente Stakes and the Santa Catalina Stakes, all run at Santa Anita Park.