Dortmund, Prospect Park Drill for SA Derby
Dortmund and Prospect Park, the favorite and likely second choice for the Santa Anita Derby, each had their final major drills Saturday.
Dortmund, working in company, was given a six furlong time on Santa Anita’s official work tab in 1:11.60 with regular rider Martin Garcia up. Workmate Jimbo Fallon was given a five furlong time of 58.80.
“I got him in 1:11 and four with a gallop out of 24 and three,” trainer Bob Baffert said.
Baffert said his other Santa Anita Derby candidate, One Lucky Dane, is scheduled to breeze before the race. One Lucky Dane is making a quick turnaround from an allowance victory in his 2015 debut.
Prospect Park, with jockey Alonso Quinonez aboard, went five furlongs in 1:01.20 for trainer Cliff Sise Jr.
“I had him in 1:01 flat,” Sise said. “I got splits of 13 and one, 12 and one, and 11 and four; he came home in 23 and two and galloped out three quarters in 13 and four. It was a perfect work. I couldn’t have written it any better this morning.”
Probable for the Santa Anita Derby: Dortmund, Martin Garcia; Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux; Bolo, Mike Smith; One Lucky Dane, Rafael Bejarano; Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez. Possible is Cross the Line, rider not named.
White Talks Morning Line
Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White says that barring any last-minute surprises, he will make Dortmund an odds-on morning line favorite for the Santa Anita Derby.
“Based on the current projected field, I’ll be making Dortmund a short price on the morning line, probably 4-5 or 3-5,” said White. “Not only is Dortmund unbeaten in five starts, he has been odds-on in his last four races. He was 4-5 in a 10-horse field when he won the San Felipe and defeated Prospect Park and Bolo. In view of that, I’d say it’s a virtual certainty Dortmund will be bet down to odds-on favoritism in the Santa Anita Derby.”
Sending out the Santa Anita Derby favorite certainly is not anything new for Baffert.
“Baffert has trained the Santa Anita Derby favorite six times in the past,” White noted. “Three of them won (Indian Charlie in 1998, Point Given in 2001 and Pioneerof the Nile in 2009). And while the other three didn’t win, they did all hit the board (Prime Timber second in 1999, Lookin At Lucky third in 2010 and Flashback second in 2013).
“In terms of odds-on favorites, Baffert is two for three in the Santa Anita Derby. His two odds-on winners were Point Given ($3.40) and Pioneerof the Nile ($3.60). The only odds-on starter from the Baffert barn who didn’t win was Lookin At Lucky, who had a troubled trip (as a 4-5 favorite).”
Edited Santa Anita Derby release with additional content by Dick Downey