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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.

2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Announced

2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Announced

Churchill Downs has announced the individual horses for the fourth pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The pool will open at 12 PM Eastern Time on Friday, March 27 and close on Sunday, March 29 at 6 PM Eastern Time.

Trainer Bob Baffert has the top two morning line choices in American Pharoah at 9-2 and Dortmund at 5-1. Carpe Diem is the third choice at 6-1 and “all others” is the fourth choice at 8-1.

Below is a list of each horse in alphabetical order with their morning line odds in parentheses.

1. American Pharoah (9-2)

2. Ami’s Flatter (50-1)  (New entrant in Pool 4)

3. Bold Conquest (50-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

4. Bolo (20-1)

5. Carpe Diem (6-1)

6. Daredevil (30-1)

7. Dortmund (5-1)

8. Dubai Sky (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

9. El Kabeir (20-1)

10. Far From Over (15-1)

11. Far Right (30-1)

12. Firing Line (12-1)

13. Frosted (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

14. International Star (20-1)

15. Itsaknockout (30-1)

16. Keen Ice (50-1)

17. Madefromlucky (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

18. Materiality (20-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

19. Mr. Z (50-1)

20. Mubtaahij (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

21. Prospect Park (15-1)

22. Upstart (15-1)

23. War Story (50-1)

24. All other 3 year olds (8-1)

The seven horses that were part of pool 3, but not in pool 4 are Danzig Moon, Khozan, Lord Nelson, Ocean Knight, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Texas Red, and The Great War.

All other 3 year olds closed as the favorite in pool 1 at odds of 3/5 that ran from November 28 through November 30, 2014. All others again closed as the favorite in pool 2 at odds of 5/2 that ran from February 6 through February 8. The third pool also had all other as the 4-1 favorite with American Pharoah at 8-1 and Dortmund at 9-1.

Bettors can also bet the an exacta with any combination of the 24 entries listed above. Live odds can be seen at KentuckyDerby.com or by clicking here between Friday, March 27 and Sunday, March 29.

There are three Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend. They are all on Saturday, March 28 with the Group 2 UAE Derby, the Grade 1 Florida Derby, and the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. All three races award points to the top four finishers in the amount of 100, 40, 20, and 10 to the first, second, third, and fourth place finishers respectively. The points go towards the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard and help secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Dortmund Wires San Felipe Stakes

Dortmund (#3, blue saddle towel) wins the San Felipe Stakes (Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire)
Dortmund (#3, blue saddle towel) wins the San Felipe Stakes (Zoe Metz/Eclipse Sportswire)

Dortmund Wires San Felipe Stakes

Dortmund moved his record to 5 for 5 in his career with an easy win in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes. His gate-to-wire performance as the 4-5 favorite guarantees him a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Dortmund went straight to the lead and set a moderate pace. Sir Samson pressed him from the outside with Lord Nelson protecting the rail position and Bolo in fourth about a length and a half off the lead. Kenjisstorm was fifth, Prospect Park was sixth, Ocho Ocho Ocho was seventh, and Pulmarack was eighth. The Gomper was ninth by 5 lengths with Pain and Misery last by 7 lengths.

There was not much change in the running of the race as Dortmund went through a quarter mile in 23.12, a half mile in 46.98, and six furlongs in 1:11.30. On the far turn, Dortmund was pushed by Bolo who making a strong bid for the lead. Dortmund led by a head at the stretch call over Bolo with Prospect Park making his way into third.

Dortmund continued to pull away from Bolo while Prospect Park came flying up to second to miss by a length and a quarter. Bolo was third and Lord Nelson ran an even race while finishing fourth.

The remaining order of finish was The Gomper in fifth, Pulmarack in sixth, Pain and Misery in seventh, Ocho Ocho Ocho in eighth, Sir Samson in ninth, and Kenjisstorm was last in tenth by 38 lengths. The official chart can be found here via Equibase.

For his first place finish, Dortmund earned 50 to bring him to a total of 70 points and is currently third on the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard. Prospect Park earned his first 20 points, Bolo earned his first 10 points, and Lord Nelson earned 5 points to bring his total to 6.

Dortmund is by Big Brown out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina. He was ridden by Martin Garcia and is trained by the venerable Bob Baffert. He ran the one mile and one sixteenth in 1:41.65.

Dortmund and Prospect Park will most likely come back in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4. That race is worth 100, 40, 20, and 10 points to the top four finishers.

2015 San Felipe Stakes Preview

2015 San Felipe Stakes Preview

The final Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race on Saturday, March 7 will take place at Santa Anita. A quality field of 10 three-year olds will run in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at one mile and one sixteenth on the main track.

The San Felipe carries a purse of $400,000 and 50 points towards the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard for the winner of the race. Second place will receive 20 points, third place will receive 10 points, and fourth place will receive 5 points.

Post time for the San Felipe is 6 PM Eastern Time and is the seventh race on the program. Free past performances for the race can be found here.

1. Lord Nelson (4-1 Morning Line) – He started his career at Del Mar with a half length victory before finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Front Runner. A turn back to a sprint resulted in a six and three-quarters lengths victory in the Speakeasy Stakes. Another try around 2 turns resulted in another off the board finish. Last time out he ran in the Grade 2 San Vincente winning by a neck going 7 furlongs. He has not hit the board in both of his route races and appears to be a sprinter.

2. Ocho Ocho Ocho (4-1 ML) – He started his career with a one length win before winning the off the turf Juvenile Turf Sprint again at Santa Anita. His last race was the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot where he fought to the wire with Mr. Z, winning by a nose. He certainly has a chance to rate and pounce in the stretch.

3. Dortmund (8-5 ML) – We come to the heavy morning line favorite who enters this race 4-4 in his career. He won the first two races easily before taking the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity by a head over firing. The same duo came to the same result in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis. He will undoubtedly be there at the finish.

4. The Gomper (15-1 ML) – This three year old son of Sky Mesa broke his maiden first time out. He followed that up with a second place finish by 2 1/4 lengths. Last time out he finished fourth by 6 3/4 lengths in a loss to fellow entrant Prospect Park. The competition gets far more difficult in this spot.

5. Kenjisstorm (50-1 ML) – By far the longest shot in the race, he has yet to break his maiden. Further more, he has yet to hit the board in any of his 5 races. He is changing trainers from Tim Yakteen to George Papaprodromou, but that will not help his chances much.

6. Prospect Park (4-1 ML) – It took him four starts to break his maiden, but he did so by a neck going a mile and a sixteenth. He followed that maiden win up with a dominating 5 1/4 length win in an optional claimer $80,000. He is another horse that has a chance to win here.

7. Bolo (6-1 ML) – He has run in three consecutive turf races to start his career. He was fifth by 2 1/4 lengths in this first start before breaking his maiden in his second start by 2 3/4 lengths. In his last effort, he won the Eddie Logan by 4 1/2 lengths, but has been off for over two months. He is an intriguing horse given that he never has run on dirt.

8. Pulmarack (20-1 ML) – This California bred son of Lucky Pulpit has faced only fellow California bred horses in his 5 career starts. He broke his maiden in his third start, which was his first on traditional dirt and first around 2 turns. That was a win by 4 1/4 lengths before back-to-back state bred California races. He finished second in both of those, which led him to being placed here. He will need to be even better than his previous races if he is to contend.

9. Sir Samson (12-1 ML) – His career started off with a thud when he was pulled up and walked off in his debut. He finished 75 lengths behind Dortmund, while the two return to meet again today. His second start was much better, a win by half a length before running in the Grade 2 San Vicente. In that race he held the lead in the stretch, but was run down by Lord Nelson. The blinkers are coming off for this race, but he will need to step up to compete here.

10. Pain and Misery (15-1 ML) – He started at Del Mar with a third place finish by a length and a quarter. He then went to Zia Park for his next 2 races with back-to-back wins including in the Governors’ Cup. After a 4 month break, he came to Santa Anita and tried turf for the first time. It was a success, as he finished second by a neck in a listed stakes race. He has never raced at a route distance, but he improve second time off the 4 month layoff.

 

Selections

This race runs through #3 Dortmund, who is the horse to beat here. He will have stiff competition from #2 Ocho Ocho Ocho and #6 Prospect Park. Long shot possibilities underneath include #7 Bolo, #9 Sir Samson, and #10 Pain and Misery.

1. Dortmund

2. Ocho Ocho Ocho

3. Prospect Park

4. Pain and Misery

 

Check back on Saturday evening to see the recap of the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes.