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2009 Santa Anita Derby (G1)

Date/Track:
4/4/2009, Santa Anita Park
Distance:
1 1/8 m (Synthetic)
Age/Sex:
3 M
Time:
1:49.17

What the Nation is saying about the 2009 Santa Anita Derby (G1)...

It's not quite the Sunshine Millions, but this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is looking like a regional battle between California- and Florida-based horses, who at this point appear on their way to occupying the top four favorite roles in the Run for the Roses.Read More
Even as he prepares to ship Pioneerof the Nile to Churchill Downs April 14 for the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert says he's still trying to figure out what kind of running style the son of 2003 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker possesses.Read More
He remains hopeful of spending the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs. Everything is contingent on the health of the horse, of course, and now more than ever. One year after Eight Belles was euthanized on the track after her second-place Derby ...Read More
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Chocolate Candy earned a trip to the Kentucky Derby with his second-place finish behind odds-on favorite Pioneerof the Nile in Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby... Read More
The Turk is getting ready to fly East after a great day at Santa Anita yesterday. While the Turk loves to analyze races on his 12 inch laptop screen, nothing beats watching the post parade in person,Read More
A lack of pace changed the game plan for odds-on choice Pioneerof the Nile, but jockey Garrett Gomez improvised, enabling the son of Empire Maker to hold off Chocolate Candy for a one-length win in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on a picture perfect day in Arcadia.Read More
Morning line favorite The Pamplemousse was scratched from the Santa Anita Derby early on the morning of the race April 4 by trainer Julio Canani after a state veterinarian check turned up a possible physical problem that needed further examination.Read More
I'll start off by saying that I don't believe in curses. True, it's been a long time since the Santa Anita Derby winner saw the Kentucky Derby winner's circle (not since Winning Colors andRead More
Saturday's big three Kentucky Derby preps should be pretty formful, with one or two standouts in each race. But, there's a lot more to these races than who is going to win. While they are all prestigious events, let's not forget the fact that they are indeed preps.Read More
Post Position Draw for the 2009 Santa Anita Derby. With picture perfect Southern California weather, the post position draw for the 72nd running of the Santa Anita Derby was held following a buffetRead More
Now, in large part thanks to a 24-year-old bloodstock agent, the 45-year-old jockey and 70-year-old trainer have a tremendous shot in the form of The Pamplemousse, the 9-5 favorite for Saturday's $750000 Santa Anita Derby. ...Read More
The Pamplemousse, shown above in a Tuesday work, and Pioneerof the Nile, who have combined to win all of Southern California's major Kentucky Derby preps at a mile or more, square off for the first time in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.Read More
HELLO BROADWAY (Broken Vow), runner-up in the Hutcheson S. (G2) in his seasonal bow but only seventh in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) last time, drilled five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 over the fast main track at Gulfstream Park. It was the quickest of 13 works ...Read More
The Pamplemousse (shown) and rival Pioneerof The Nile worked out this morning in preparation for Saturday's Santa Anita Derby, a race shaping-up as a rather paceless affair. On paper, The Pamplemousse is lone speed.Read More
Gallant Son is "99 percent sure" to run in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) on April 4, trainer Frank Lucarelli said on the morning of March 28.Read More
3/22/2009 Bob Baffert is as familiar with winning the Santa Anita Derby as he is with winning training titles at the storied track. He has made his headquarters in Arcadia for nearly two decades, winning the Santa Anita Derby four times, and the training championship eight times, including a record ...Read More
3/21/2009 Chocolate Candy Shipped to Santa Anita BloodHorse, KY Expected to be the third choice behind Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse, Chocolate Candy has not raced since winning the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 14. The Santa Anita Derby would be his first race in...Read More

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