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Dortmund Extends Unbeaten Streak

4/4/2015

Dortmund romped to a front-running 4 1/4-length victory in the Santa Anita Derby, keeping him unbeaten at 6-0 heading into the Kentucky Derby.

Dortmund was timed for the 1 1/8 mile in 1:48.73 under Martin Garcia and paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite in the six-horse field. Baffert earned his record seventh victory in the West Coast's major prep for the Kentucky Derby.

"When we bought him he looked like a really good horse, but he was just a big horse and sometimes they don't turn out," Baffert said. "He's a big, long-legged horse. When he made the lead and when he gets by himself like that, he'll idle on you a little bit, so he had to keep going."

Dortmund bobbled slightly coming out of post 1, but he quickly went to the lead and kicked clear leaving the final turn.

"Even though he's won all his races, he's still learning," said Garcia, who won his first Santa Anita Derby. "He can play around a bit when someone comes to him. When I ask him to go, he becom s push-button and he just takes off."

Dortmund joined his sire Big Brown, who was undefeated with three wins going into the Kentucky Derby. Big Brown won the Derby in 2008.

At 17 hands, Dortmund stands taller than the average thoroughbred, which can measure anywhere from 15 to 17 hands.

One Lucky Dane, also trained by Baffert, came again to finishs second and returned $4.80 and $2.80. Bolo was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3.00 to show. Prospect Park was fourth, followed by Cross the Line and Bad Read Sanchez.

Dortmund earned 100 points for the victory, moving him into second place on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with a total of 170.

One Lucky Dane ran just 16 days after returning from a 4 1/2-month layoff with a victory on March 19. He moved into 16th on the Derby leaderboard and will head to Churchill Downs, too.

"He qualified in Bob Baffert's eyes," the trainer said. "I don't need 40 points."

Baffert's other top horse, American Pharoah, will run in next weekend's Arkansas Derby, giving the white-haired trainer a third shot at winning the Kentucky Derby for the fourth time in his career.

"I can't believe I'm so fortunate to be in this position with two outstanding 3-year-olds," he said.


Edited Santa Anita release with additional content by Dick Downey
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