April 7, 1991 |
Dinard rallied in the stretch to win the $500,000 Santa Anita Derby by a half-length over Best Pal in Arcadia, Calif., yesterday and establish himself as a leading contender for next month's Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Chris McCarron, who earned his first Santa Anita Derby victory, Dinard covered 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1 minute, 48 seconds, and, as the second betting choice of the crowd of 46,000, paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.60. The victory was the fourth in five career starts for Dinard, a son of Strawberry Road, and was worth $275,000, raising the gelding's career earnings to $452,750.
April 8, 1990 |
Mister Frisky took the lead in the middle of the turn for home and won the Santa Anita Derby going away yesterday, tying the fabled Citation for the longest modern winning streak in North America. The victory was the 16th for the unbeaten Mister Frisky, trained by Laz Barrera and campaigned in Puerto Rico during his 2-year-old season. Mister Frisky went off the 3-5 favorite and became the first unbeaten 3-year-old since Majestic Prince in 1969 to win the Santa Anita Derby. "He's a little machine," Barrera had said of the horse, which will probably take Barrera to his first Kentucky Derby since 1983 with a real chance to win. Video Ranger, who went off a 35-1 shot, rallied for second, 4 1/2 lengths behind Mister Frisky.
April 25, 1991 |
Dinard, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby and one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby, will miss the May 4 race because of a ligament injury. "He has a torn suspensory in back of the left front knee," Alex Hassinger, an assistant to Dinard's trainer Dick Lundy, said yesterday. Hassinger was unsure when the gelding suffered the injury and did not know how long the 3-year-old would be sidelined. "It's hard to determine when he might have sustained the injury," Hassinger said.
April 5, 1993 |
Personal Hope, ridden by Gary Stevens, won the Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday by less than a length over the filly champion, Eliza. The win makes Personal Hope one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby May 1. Eliza, with Patrick Valenzuela on board, led going into the home stretch, but faded and place third. Union City, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Chris McCarron, finished second. In other Derby preps Saturday, Marked Tree took the lead in the late stretch and held off Brother Brown to win the $300,000 Remington Park Derby by a head and As Indicated kept his Derby hopes alive by winning the $200,000 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
April 4, 1993 |
Personal Hope lost the lead to the filly Eliza going into the final turn, took it back coming out of the turn and ran to victory in the Santa Anita Derby yesterday. The victory sends Personal Hope, ridden by Gary Stevens, to Louisville as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby on May 1. It also sends him to Kentucky under a cloud. The last two winners of the Santa Anita Derby, Dinard and A.P. Indy, arrived at Churchill Downs only to sustain injuries that kept them out of the Run for the Roses.
April 9, 1994 |
This year's Kentucky Derby winner will come out of today's Santa Anita Derby. At least that's all one hears on the backside at Santa Anita Park. This is the race. The talent in the $500,000, 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds is so rich that some of California's top colts have skipped town looking for softer spots. Irgun flew to Aqueduct, where he won the Gotham Stakes and will run next week in New York's biggest Derby prep, the Wood Memorial. Powis Castle went to Turfway Park in Kentucky, where he was second by a neck in the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes, the richest prep of them all. Argolid traveled to New Orleans and placed third in the Louisiana Derby.
March 20, 2012
Bob Baffert's Arkansas Shuttle keeps rolling, likely carrying a couple of his 3-year-old colts to the Kentucky Derby in less than seven weeks. The Hall of Fame trainer had another successful weekend at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., with Secret Circle winning the $500,000 Rebel Stakes by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing Optimizer on Saturday. The bay colt will return to California this week but is scheduled to be shuttled back for the $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 7 and shoot for an Oaklawn sweep.
April 6, 1987 |
The first "Super Saturday" of races leading up to the 113th Kentucky Derby was supposed to clear up many of the questions about this year's crop of 3-year-olds. Today, less than four weeks before the May 2 Run for the Roses, the situation is as clear as the slop that splattered the face of juvenile champion Capote as he struggled through Aqueduct Racetrack's stretch. Four favorites went down to defeat in Saturday's races - Masterful Advocate in the Santa Anita Derby, Bet Twice in the Florida Derby, Capote in the Gotham Stakes and High Brite in Garden State Park's Cherry Hill Mile.
April 28, 1997 |
Strike Accelerator, the Wood Memorial runner-up. Strike George Steinbrenner's Acceptable. Strike Anet and Ordway. Also strike Smokin Mel, Stolen Gold and Traitor. And strike dynamic trainer D. Wayne Lukas. (Well, maybe.) As of yesterday, the names of only 11 horses, none trained by Lukas, were in the bottle for Wednesday's post-position draw for the 123d Kentucky Derby. That would make the field for Saturday's Derby the smallest since Spectacular Bid beat nine opponents in 1979.