- DORTMUND, ‘PARK’ DRILL FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY
- SISE LABELS PROSPECT PARK‘S MOVE ‘PERFECT’
- WHITE SEES DORTMUND AS ODDS-ON FAVORITE
- BAFFERT HAPPY WITH SECRET CIRCLE’S VICTORY
TWO HEAVYWEIGHTS PREP FOR RICH SANTA ANITA DERBY
Dortmund and Prospect Park, the favorite and likely second choice for next Saturday’s $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles, each had their final major drills Saturday for the West Coast’s signature steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 2.
Dortmund, working in company, was given a six furlong time on Santa Anita’s official work tab in 1:11.60 with regular rider Martin Garcia up. Workmate Jimbo Fallon was given a five furlong time of 58.80.
“I got him in 1:11 and four with a gallop out (for seven furlongs) of (one) 24 and three,” trainer Bob Baffert said of the unbeaten Dortmund, winner of all five of his races including the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on Mar. 7.
Baffert said his other Santa Anita Derby candidate, One Lucky Dane, who won by nearly 10 lengths at a flat mile last Thursday, is scheduled to have one breeze before the race.
Prospect Park, with jockey Alonso Quinonez aboard, went five furlongs in 1:01.20 for trainer Cliff Sise Jr.
“I had him in 1:01 flat,” Sise said of the San Felipe Stakes runner-up owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod. “I got splits of 13 and one, 12 and one, and 11 and four; he came home in 23 and two and galloped out three quarters in (one) 13 and four.
“It was a perfect work. I couldn’t have written it any better this morning.”
Probable for the Santa Anita Derby: Dortmund, Martin Garcia; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux; Bolo, Mike Smith; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano; Cross the Line, norider; and Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez.
In other Santa Anita Derby news:
The first 10,000 THOROUGHBREDS members in attendance at Santa Anita on Derby Day will be offered free an exclusive 2015 Santa Anita Derby Day T-shirt while supplies last. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Gates open at 10 a.m.
Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day.
DORTMUND LIKELY ODDS-ON MORNING LINE FAVORITE
Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White says that barring any last-minute surprises in the entry box, he will make Dortmund an odds-on morning line favorite for the Santa Anita Derby. The Big Brown colt, trained by Bob Baffert, is undefeated in five career starts and most recently won Santa Anita’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes.
“Based on the current projected field, I’ll be making Dortmund a short price on the morning line, probably 4-5 or 3-5,” said White, who also provides pre-race television commentary for Santa Anita’s simulcast network.
“Not only is Dortmund unbeaten in five starts, he has been odds-on in his last four races. He was 4-5 in a 10-horse field when he won the San Felipe and defeated Prospect Park and Bolo. In view of that, I’d say it’s a virtual certainty Dortmund will be bet down to odds-on favoritism in the Santa Anita Derby.”
Sending out the Santa Anita Derby favorite certainly is not anything new for Baffert.
“Baffert has trained the Santa Anita Derby favorite six times in the past,” White noted. “Three of them won (Indian Charlie in 1998, Point Given in 2001 and Pioneerof the Nile in 2009). And while the other three didn’t win, they did all hit the board (Prime Timber second in 1999, Lookin At Lucky third in 2010 and Flashback second in 2013).
“In terms of odds-on favorites, Baffert is two for three in the Santa Anita Derby. His two odds-on winners were Point Given (who paid $3.40) and Pioneerof the Nile ($3.60). The only odds-on starter from the Baffert barn who didn’t win was Lookin At Lucky, who had a troubled trip (as a 4-5 favorite).”
FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert was understandably elated with Secret Circle‘s victory in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai under Victor Espinoza early Saturday morning. “He’d been training great,” Baffert said. “When he got over there, he liked that track. I could tell he was getting over it really well. I’ve got a great team. Dana (Barnes) did a great job there . . . you’ve got to ship at the right spots, but the horse really showed his true colors. He’s had some bad luck lately.” . . . A number of nominees for next Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Oaks worked Saturday, including Achiever’s Legacy (six furlongs in 1:12.20) and Glory (1:12 flat) for Jerry Hollendorfer; Curlin’s Fox (1:14.20) for Carla Gaines; Lady Lake (1:13) for Jeff Mullins; and Stellar Wind (1:13.60) for John Sadler . . . Next Sunday, April 5, Santa Anita presents the biggest Easter Egg hunt in the San Gabriel Valley. Family Fun 4-Packs are available online at santaanita.com/events . . . Racing rarity: Zanab, 15-1 on today’s morning line in the fourth race, was bred in Montana . . . And you can’t knock Prince Bishop‘s victory over California Chrome in the Dubai World Cup. After all, the winner carried a Buick . . . Please note a schedule change in the racing calendar next month: Opening day of Santa Anita’s Spring Meet will now be Friday, April 24, not April 25 as originally planned.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, March 27)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||186||22||23||23||12%||$1,380,010|
|A. C. Avila||25||7||2||3||28%||$208,298|