Power Broker, one of three likely starters for Bob Baffert in next
Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, worked four furlongs in company Sunday
morning in 47.40 for the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the
Kentucky Derby on May 4. Martin Garcia was up. Stablemate Bank the Eight
was clocked in 47.80.
The Santa Anita Derby will be Power Broker’s first race since the
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last Nov. 3, in which the son of
Pulpit owned by Gary and Mary West finished fifth behind eventual 2012
male 2-year-old champion Shanghai Bobby.
“The workout was very nice,” Baffert said. “I got him going out
(five furlongs) in 59 4/5. He hasn’t lost any of his conditioning,
because he really hasn’t been away. He’s just been away from the action,
but he has a really good foundation on him. The Breeders’ Cup race was a
disaster. I gave Bejarano bad instructions.”
That could change come Saturday, since Bejarano is again named to
ride the chestnut colt he has ridden in each of his five starts,
breaking his maiden in the Grade I FrontRunner last Sept. 29 before
disappointing as the 2-1 second choice in the Juvenile.
One of Baffert’s other Santa Anita Derby contenders, favored Flashback,
is scheduled to work Monday. Also owned by the Wests, Flashback suffered
his first defeat when he finished second as the even-money favorite in
the San Felipe Stakes on March 9.
Super Ninety Nine, winner of a division of the Southwest Stakes
on a sloppy Oaklawn Park surface Feb. 18, is the third probable Baffert
entrant, hoping to rebound from a fifth-place finish as the 6-5 favorite
in the Rebel Stakes on March 16.
Baffert has won the Santa Anita Derby six times, most recently with
Midnight Interlude in 2011. Nine Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on
to win the Run for the Roses, including the improbable I’ll Have Another
Probable for the Santa Anita Derby: Flashback, Garrett Gomez;
Hear the Ghost, Corey Nakatani; Goldencents, Kevin Krigger; Super Ninety
Nine, Martin Garcia; Power Broker, Rafael Bejarano; Tiz a Minister, Joe
Talamo; Storm Fighter, Gary Stevens; and Dirty Swagg, Tyler Baze.
FLASHBACK TO BE INSTALLED DERBY MORNING LINE FAVORITE
Flashback, who finished second as the even-money favorite in the
San Felipe Stakes, will be the favorite on Jon’s White 2013 Santa Anita
Derby morning line when those odds are issued following Wednesday’s draw
for post positions.
“As soon as Hear the Ghost won the San Felipe, I immediately
started to think about the morning line for the Santa Anita Derby,”
White said. “And my initial thought was, ‘Well, it looks like Hear the
Ghost is probably going to be the Santa Anita Derby favorite.’ But as I
monitored the reaction to the San Felipe in the days following that
race, a lot of people all over the country talked about how well they
thought Flashback ran in the San Felipe to lose by only a half-length
after getting involved in such a fierce pace duel with Goldencents.
“The reaction to Flashback’s San Felipe performance, coupled with
the belief expressed by many people that Hear the Ghost won partly
because he was able to benefit from a pace meltdown, swayed me to think
there is a strong probability Flashback is going to be the favorite when
they exit the starting gate for the Santa Anita Derby.
“But I also expect Flashback and Hear the Ghost to be pretty
close in the betting. Keep in mind that in the most recent Kentucky
Derby Future Wager pool, Flashback’s price was 15-1 and Hear the Ghost
also was 15-1. Goldencents was 49-1.”
White said another factor in deciding to make Flashback the Santa
Anita Derby morning line favorite is the strong backing he has received
in each of his races.
“Flashback has been a heavy favorite in all three of his races so
far,” said White, who again will be making the official morning lines
for all of this year’s Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita in November.
”Flashback was even money in his career debut, 1-2 when he won the Lewis
and even-money again in the San Felipe.
“Hear the Ghost has never been the favorite in his three races.
He was 16-1 in his career debut, 7-2 when he ran second in the San Pedro
and 5-1 when he won the San Felipe.
“In terms of the Santa Anita Derby, I think it’s kind of a tricky
call as to just how strongly Flashback is going to get bet. On the one
hand, he has yet to be higher than even money. Based on that, I wouldn’t
be surprised to see him start at somewhere around even money in the
Santa Anita Derby.
“On the other hand, Flashback did get beat last time and he has
yet to earn a big Beyer Speed Figure. His top Beyer has been only a 93. A
lot of bettors who emphasize Beyer Speed Figures, Thoro-Graph figures
or Ragozin figures probably are not going to be betting on Flashback,
especially since he will be lower than 2-1. That’s why I am not inclined
to make Flashback as low as even-money or 6-5 for the Santa Anita
“All things considered, it seems to me the proper morning line
price on Flashback is something lower than 2-1 but higher than 6-5.
Unless there are any changes with respect to the currently anticipated
Santa Anita Derby field of eight, I am thinking 9-5 for Flashback’s
morning line price, with Hear the Ghost 5-2.”
In other Santa Anita Derby news:
Daily Racing Form presents a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 on
Santa Anita Derby Day; fans at Santa Anita will be offered a free Santa
Anita Derby T-shirt with paid admission, while supplies last; KROQ
presents Iration in concert; and there will be more than 50
microbrew/craft beer vendors, in addition to Premium Food Trucks.