With great racing, the weather in a word, perfect, and an on-track crowd of 35,241 betting more than $4 million, Santa Anita Derby Day was a good day all around.
“Everything Santa Anita is doing is outstanding,” said agent Brad Pegram, who represents Mike Smith and Martin Garcia, in an unsolicited statement.
“It’s fun to be here now. It’s a great atmosphere. There’s a well-rounded crowd with families, not just fans. Santa Anita is doing a terrific job.”SUTHERLAND KRUSE WINS JOCKEYS’ 5K RUN
Jockey Chantal Sutherland Kruse
won the jockeys’ division of Santa Anita’s 5K run yesterday in 22:34, edging Aaron Gryder, who finished in 22:40. They were followed by Alex Bisono (24:01), Joe Steiner (24.25) and Kayla Stra (29:13).
CARMA’s Tessa Bisha led Santa Anita women employees with a time of 26:56, followed by Hospitality’s Sandy Hoar (29.37), Racing’s Christine Beer (31:44), HRTV’s Andrea Evans (32:07), TOC’s Mary Forney (32:30), CARMA’s Lucinda Mandella (42:31), Executive’s Denise DeAnda (47:20) and Operations’ Voni Walker (58:51).
Tony Ortega of Operations topped the men with a time of 21:28, defeating defending champion Jesus Camacho (21:40) of Racing, followed by Chris Whitaker (22:26), Willie Rivera (22:38), Scott Hazelton (23:01) and Evan Schwartz (28.36), all of HRTV.
There were 5,383 in the field, the largest ever in the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K runs.