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Dortmund Destroys Santa Anita Derby

Dortmund was dominant in his Santa Anita Derby win (Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire)
Dortmund was dominant in his Santa Anita Derby win (Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire)

Dortmund Destroys Santa Anita Derby

Dortmund remains a perfect six for six in his career after his dominating effort in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. He easily strolled home to a 4 1/4 lengths win over fellow stablemate One Lucky Dane.

Dortmund was intent on getting the lead early despite a bit of a stumble out of the gate and he had to work for the lead with an opening quarter mile in 22.46. One Lucky Dane was there as well and Cross the Line pressed him from third. Bad Read Sanchez held the rail in fourth, Prospect Park was fifth, and Bolo was last of six. The trailing trio were at least 2 1/2 lengths behind the leaders leaving them in very good position.

Dortmund slowed the race down to 46.36 for the opening half-mile as he held the lead over One Lucky Dane and Cross the Line. Bolo was wide in fourth, Prospect Park was fifth, and Bad Read Sanchez was sixth.

Entering the stretch, Dortmund opened up on the field by 4 lengths and maintained that margin until the finish line. One Lucky Dane held his spot in second as Bolo and Prospect Park were unable to close for a better finish. Cross the Line was fifth and Bad Read Sanchez was sixth. The full chart can be found here at Equibase.

Dortmund is by Big Brown (a Kentucky Derby winner himself) out of the Tale of the Cat mare Josephina. He was ridden by Martin Garcia and is trained by Bob Baffert. He paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.10 to show.

Dortmund earned 100 points for his victory bringing his total up to 170 points on the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard. One Lucky Dane earned his first 40 points, Bolo earned 20 points to bring his total up to 30, and Prospect Park earned 10 points to bring his total up to 30 points as well.

The final weekend of the Road to the Kentucky Derby will be next weekend. The Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and Grade 3 Lexington Stakes will be held next weekend as a last chance to make the Kentucky Derby field.

2015 Santa Anita Derby Preview

2015 Santa Anita Derby Preview

The final Road to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday will be the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. A small field of six horses will compete for $1,000,000 in the one mile and one eighth race.

Both the Grade 1 Wood Memorial from Aqueduct and Grade 1 Blue Grass from Keeneland will be determined by the time the Santa Anita Derby goes off.

The winner of this race will receive 100 points towards the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard. Second place will receive 40 points, third place will receive 20 points, and fourth place will receive 10 points.

Post time for the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby is scheduled for 6:30 PM Eastern Time and is the eighth of 11 races on the card at Santa Anita on Saturday. Free past performances for the Santa Anita Derby can be found here.

1. Dortmund (3-5 Morning Line) – The favorite has the rail for this race and he is clearly deserving of the low price. He is 5 for 5 in his career and won his stakes debut in a thrilling finish by a head in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity. He then had to hold off a game Firing Line in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes 6 weeks later on February 7. Dortmund had no trouble in his last race going gate-to-wire while easily winning the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes. He will be very tough to beat in this race.

2. One Lucky Dane (5-1 ML) – Trainer Bob Baffert also saddles the heavy favorite to the inside. He ran third in his debut at Del Mar and then ran second by half a length in his next start. He crushed his foes in his third start by 9 1/2 lengths. Baffert was high enough on him after the maiden win to enter him in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He had a bit of trouble, but was never a factor finishing sixth by 9 1/2 lengths. After more than a three month break, he came back on March 19 to crush an optional claiming race by 9 3/4 lengths. He most likely will not threaten his stablemate to the inside, but he could hit the board.

3. Cross The Line (15-1 ML) – He has run only at Golden Gate prior to this race. He ran second and third in his first two starts before breaking his maiden by 4 1/2 lengths at a mile in his third start. He followed that up with another victory Cal Derby by 1 3/4 lengths. He was then entered in the Grade 3 El Camino Derby where he ran a good second to Metaboss. He will still need to put forth a big effort to have a chance to hit the board.

4. Bolo (4-1 ML) – He finished fifth in his debut at one mile on the turf before breaking his maiden in his second start at a mile and a sixteenth by 2 3/4 lengths. He then made it back-to-back wins by crushing the Eddie Logan Stakes competition by 4 1/2 lengths. A break of over two months led to him being placed in the Grade 2 San Felipe on dirt. He ran very well in his only dirt start finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Dortmund while falling to third late. He certainly figures to have a chance underneath here once again.

5. Prospect Park (7-2 ML) – He needed four starts to break his maiden, but he did so by a neck. He then went into an optional claimer where he made it two wins in a row by dusting the field with a 5 1/4 length win. Last time out, he too ran in the Grade 2 San Felipe and had no chance of threatening Dortmund, but did get up for second. He would not be a surprise if he finished second again.

6. Bad Read Sanchez (30-1 ML) – The longest shot in the race has not raced since August. He broke his maiden in his debut at Santa Anita in June of 2014 by 10 lengths and was then sent to a listed stakes race at Los Alamitos. He ran a very good second and then ran a solid third in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar. He has decent works coming in, but he will probably need this race.

Selections

#1 Dortmund is the best horse on paper and will probably improve his record to 6 for 6 lifetime. The race for second will come down to #2 One Lucky Dane, #4 Bolo, and #5 Prospect Park. #5 Prospect Park seems most likely to finish second while #4 Bolo could improve in his second start on dirt and #2 One Lucky Dane certainly has talent to make an impact here.

1. Dortmund

2. Prospect Park

3. One Lucky Dane

A recap of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby will be posted on Saturday night.

Metaboss Storms Home In El Camino

Metaboss was all alone at the finish line to win by 2 1/2 lengths (Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography)
Metaboss was all alone at the finish line to win by 2 1/2 lengths (Shane Micheli/Vassar Photography)

Metaboss Storms Home In El Camino

A fast closing finish put Metaboss in the winner’s circle of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. The three year old won by 2 1/2 lengths over Cross the Line and Conquest Typhoon.

The race began with multiple horses going for the lead. Indianaughty and Ernest Shackleton both went for the lead and Conquest Typhoon only a length off those two while three wide. Donji was in fourth, Cross the line was in fifth, and Stand and Salute was sixth with those three about 2 lengths off the lead. Mischief Clem, Metaboss, Soul Driver, and Harmonic were the final quartet.

Despite the trio of horses battling for the lead, there was not much pace to the race. The opening quarter went in 25.29 while the half mile was timed in 49.25. The half mile was still the top three batting for the lead with Mischief Clem making a middle move into fourth. Stand and Salute was fifth, Cross the Line was sixth, Soul Driver was seventh, Metaboss was still in eighth, Donji was ninth (and dropping out), and Harmonic was in last by 7 lengths.

On the far turn the race was blown wide open with nearly every horse (save Donji) in contention with a chance to win. Conquest Typhoon was still battling for the lead as they turned for home with horses lining up seven across the track as they were approaching the final furlong.

Eventual winner Metaboss made a sweeping move that began on the started turn and ended with him in front by 2 1/2 lengths. Cross the Line had some trouble in the stretch, but got up for second by a head over Conquest Typhoon. Harmonic came from last to grab fourth as the second longest shot on the board.

The remaining order of finish was Soul Driver, Stand and Salute, Mischief Clem, Ernest Shackleton, Indianaughty, and Donji.

Metaboss is a three year old son of Street Boss out of the Free House mare Spinning Yarns. He was ridden by Alex Solis and is trained by Jeff Bonde. Metaboss paid $15.20 to win, $7.80 to place, and $4.80 to show. The final running time was 1:49.92 for the one and one eighth miles.

Metaboss earned 10 points for the victory, Cross the Line earned 4 points, Conquest Typhoon earned 2 points, and Harmonic earned one point. Only Conquest Typhoon had perviously earned points towards the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard and he now has 6 points total.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Monday with the grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

2015 El Camino Real Derby Preview

2015 El Camino Real Derby Preview

The Road to the 2015 Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with the 2015 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California. A field of 10 horses is entered with the chance to earn up to 10 points towards the Kentucky Leaderboard.

The 10 horses will be going 1 mile and one eighth over Golden Gate’s main track (Tapeta synthetic surface). This is a grade 3 event with a purse of $200,000. Post time for the 2015 El Camino Real Derby is at 6:50 PM Eastern Time and is carded as the seventh of nine races.

A look at each of the ten entrants into the El Camino Real Derby is below. Free past performances can be found here.

1. Donji (30-1 Morning Line) – He sits as the longest shot on the morning line and for good reason. He is the only horse to have not broken his maiden. All 7 of those races took place at the maiden $30,000 level with two second place finishes and a third. Pass on his chances in this race.

2. Indianaughty (4-1 ML) – He began his career in Great Britain where he finished third and first in his first two races. After a 5 month break he was seen again at Gulfstream last time out and he got up to win by a head at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. He should be fitter after that last race and will be closing late. Will he be closing too late though?

3. Metaboss (8-1 ML) – He broke his maiden last time out with the switch to Rafael Bejarano as the jockey. That race was at this 1 1/8 miles distance where he had a strong surge in the stretch to win by a length and a half over the Santa Anita turf course. There is always the worry of how a horse will handle a new surface, but given his turf performances, this surface should not be too much of a problem. He is an intriguing horse in this spot, though Alex Solis will have the mount in this race.

4. Ernest Shackleton (12-1 ML) – He started his career in Ireland where it took him 4 starts to break his maiden in September and did so in a dead heat. After 3 months off, he was shipped to Santa Anita where he finished 7th of 11 in the Eddie Logan. He rebounded last time out to win by a half length in an optional claiming $80,000. The feeling here is that he is a step behind the top horses at this level.

5. Cross The Line (5-1 ML) – He has 4 starts and all have come here at Golden Gate. When stretched out to a mile on December 26, he crushed the maiden field by 4 1/2 lengths. He followed that up with another victory in the Cal Derby on January 17 where he beat horses that he will face on Saturday in Soul Driver and Stand and Salute. He is hard to ignore here in this spot.

6. Harmonic (20-1 ML) – He started his career in Southern California where he ran off the board to begin his career. His third start was a disaster when he clipped heels and fell. Unhurt, he returned a month later to finish third by 2 lengths. He broke his maiden here at Golden Gate by a length and three quarters under Russell Baze. He may outrun his odds, but he is still up against some of the top contenders in this race.

7. Soul Driver (6-1 ML) – His first start was an 11th place finish before a switch to turf and two turns woke him up in his second start. He won that start by a head before finishing fifth in the grade 3 Cecil B. Demille at Del Mar. His last 2 races have produced back-to-back second place finishes, including the Cal Derby at Golden Gate last time out. He is another in here with a chance to win.

8. Stand and Salute (6-1 ML) – He is another one who exits the Cal Derby. He finished third that day by 2 lengths and won the Gold Rush two starts back at one mile here. He will be in good position and should have a say in the outcome. Yet another horse who can win this race.

9. Conquest Typhoon (7-2 ML) – The tepid morning line favorite has done his running at Woodbine and Southern California. He started his career with back-to-back second place finishes before breaking his maiden in the grade 2 Summer. His final start at Woodbine was the grade 3 Grey Stakes in which he finished second by 2 1/4 lengths. Two starts back he was fourth in the grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf before winning the grade 3 Cecil B. Demille. He certainly has the class edge in this race and is a deserving morning line favorite.

10. Mischief Clem (9-2 ML) – He is 3 for 6 in his career with five of the starts coming against fellow California bred horses. His first route race was at Los Alamitos going a mile where he finished fourth that day. Last time out he was winning the Cal Cup Derby going a mile and a sixteenth against California breds by a head. The post position does him no favors, but he has some time to find a good spot by the first turn.

 

Selections

This is a tough race with many different ways to go. #9 Conquest Typhoon is the class of the race and will be tough in here. #5 Cross the Line has won his last two starts here at Golden Gate, both of which came at a mile or longer. #3 Metaboss is an intriguing last out maiden winner who could relish the longer distances. #7 Soul Driver will by rallying late while #2 Indianaughty, #8 Stand and Salute, and #10 Mischief Clem could also finish on the board, if not win outright.

1. Conquest Typhoon

2. Cross The Line

3. Metaboss

4. Soul Driver