Santa Anita Derby

  • Location: Santa Anita Park, California
  • Inaugural Race: 1935
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 1
  • 2018 Purse: $1,000,000
  • 2018 Race Date: Saturday, April 7th

2018 Santa Anita Derby Entries and Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEYTRAINERWINPLACESHOW
6JustifyMike E. SmithBob Baffert$3.80$2.20$2.10
3Bolt d'OroJavier CastellanoMick Ruis$2.20$2.10
7Core BeliefsTyler BazePeter Eurton$4.00
1Instilled RegardJoel RosarioJerry Hollendorfer
5Pepe TonoVictor EspinozaVictor L. Garcia
2Orbit RainBrice BlancMick Ruis
4Jimmy ChilaMario GutierrezDoug F. O'Neill

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (6-3) $5.40
  • $2 Trifecta (6-3-7)  $39.20
  • $2 Superfecta (6-3-7-1) $55.40

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Santa Anita Derby History

The Santa Anita Derby is the most important prize among the California early 3-year-old races. Worth $1 million, it carries group status and it confers great value to the winner.

It’s also one of the most significant races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. It’s one of three major races held four weeks prior to the Derby – the others are the Blue Grass Stakes and the Wood Memorial – and the first four finishers get points in the series on a 100-40-20-10 basis. It means the winner will definitely get a place in the Kentucky Derby field, and most likely the runner-up as well.

In its early years the Santa Anita Derby wasn’t a great Kentucky Derby guide – the only contestant in its first 14 renewals to win at Churchill Downs was 36-1 longshot Gallahadion in 1940, and he was a disappointing 13th at Santa Anita.

But since then it’s been an important guide, with a further 16 runners going on to take the Kentucky Derby. Only five races have produced more Kentucky Derby winners: the Hopeful Stakes and Champagne Stakes (both 2-year-old races), the Florida Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, and Wood Memorial.

Kentucky Derby winners to come out of the Santa Anita Derby include outstanding horses such as Swaps, Majestic Prince, Affirmed, and Sunday Silence. In recent years, both I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014) won the Santa Anita Derby prior to winning the Run for the Roses.


Santa Anita Derby Trivia

How many winners of the Kentucky Derby also won the Santa Anita Derby?

10

Ten horses have won both the Santa Anita Derby and the Kentucky Derby: California Chrome, I’ll Have Another, Sunday Silence, Winning Colors, Affirmed, Majestic Prince, Lucky Debonair, Swaps, Determine and Hill Gail

Which jockey holds the record for most wins?

Gary Stevens

Gary Stevens has won the Santa Anita Derby a record nine times. Bill Shoemaker is in second place with eight wins.

How many Triple Crown winners have won the Santa Anita Derby?

One

Affirmed won the Santa Anita Derby before sweeping the Triple Crown races in 1978.

What is the record number of wins for a trainer?

Seven

Bob Baffert holds the record number of wins for a trainer in the Santa Anita Derby, in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2009, 2011 and 2015.

Previous Winners of the Santa Anita Derby

YearHorseJockeyTrainerOwner
2017Gormley Victor EspinozaJohn A. ShirreffsMoss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.
2016ExaggeratorKent J. DesormeauxJ. Keith DesormeauxBig Chief Racing/Rocker O Ranch et al
2015DortmundMartin GarciaBob BaffertKaleem Shah
2014California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt ShermanM. Perry & S. Coburn
2013GoldencentsKevin KriggerDoug O'NeillW. C. Racing, D. Kenney, RAP Racing
2012I'll Have AnotherMario GutierrezDoug O'NeillJ. Paul Reddam
2011Midnight InterludeVictor EspinozaBob BaffertArnold Zetcher
2010Sidney's CandyJoe TalamoJohn W. SadlerSid and Jenny Craig Trust
2009Pioneerof the NileGarrett GomezBob BaffertZayat Stables
2008Colonel JohnCorey NakataniEoin G. HartyWinStar Farm
2007TiagoMike E. SmithJohn ShirreffsJerry & Ann Moss
2006Brother DerekAlex SolisDan HendricksCecil Peacock
2005Buzzards BayMark GuidryJeff MullinsFog City Stable
2004CastledaleJose Valdivia, Jr.Jeff MullinsFrank Lyons & Greg Knee
2003Buddy GilGary StevensJeff MullinsDesperado Stables et al.
2002Came HomeChris McCarronPaco J. GonzalezJ. Toffan/T. McCaffery et al.
2001Point GivenGary StevensBob BaffertThe Thoroughbred Corp.
2000The DeputyChris McCarronJenine SahadiTeam Valor/Gary Barber
1999General ChallengeGary StevensBob BaffertGolden Eagle Farm
1998Indian CharlieGary StevensBob BaffertHal Earnhardt/John R. Gaines
1997Free HouseKent DesormeauxJ. Paco GonzalezJ. Toffan & T. McCaffery
1996CavonnierChris McCarronBob BaffertWalter Family Trust
1995Larry the LegendGary StevensCraig A. LewisCraig A. Lewis
1994BroccoGary StevensRandy WinickAlbert R. Broccoli
1993Personal HopeGary StevensMark A. HennigLee & Debi Lewis
1992A.P. IndyEd DelahoussayeNeil DrysdaleTomonori Tsurumaki
1991DinardChris McCarronRichard J. LundyAllen E. Paulson
1990Mister FriskyGary StevensLaz BarreraSolymar Stable
1989Sunday SilencePat ValenzuelaCharlie WhittinghamH-G-W Partners
1988Winning Colors†Gary StevensD. Wayne LukasEugene V. Klein
1987Temperate SilBill ShoemakerCharlie WhittinghamFrankfurt Stables/Whittingham
1986Snow ChiefAlex SolisMelvin F. StuteGrinstead & Rochelle
1985SkywalkerLaffit Pincay, Jr.Michael WhittinghamOak Cliff Stable
1984Mighty AdversaryEd DelahoussayeTommy DoyleM/M Felty J. Yoder
1983MarfaJorge VelasquezD. Wayne LukasFrench, Beal, Lukas
1982MutteringLaffit Pincay, Jr.D. Wayne LukasTartan Stable
1981Splendid SpruceDarrel McHargueChay R. KnightSurf and Turf Stable
1980CodexPat ValenzuelaD. Wayne LukasTartan Stable
1979Flying PasterDonald PierceGordon C. CampbellBernard J. Ridder
1978AffirmedLaffit Pincay, Jr.Laz BarreraHarbor View Farm
1977HabitonyBill ShoemakerTommy DoyleAnthony W. Pejsa
1976An ActLaffit Pincay, Jr.Ron McAnallyKatz, Brun & Roberts, et al.
1975AvatarJorge TejeiraTommy DoyleArthur A. Seeligson, Jr.
1974DestroyerIsmael ValenzuelaMonti C. SimsKenneth Opstein
1973ShamLaffit Pincay, Jr.Frank "Pancho" MartinSigmund Sommer
1972Solar SaluteLaffit Pincay, Jr.Lou GlauburgM/M John J. Elmore
1971Jim FrenchAngel Cordero, Jr.John P. CampoFrank Caldwell
1970TerlagoBill ShoemakerJerry M. FanningSamuel J. Agnew
1969Majestic PrinceBill HartackJohnny LongdenFrank M. McMahon
1968Alley FighterLaffit Pincay, Jr.James W. MaloneyCragwood Stables
1967RukenFernando AlvarezClyde TurkLouis R. Rowan
1966BoldnesianWalter BlumJames W. MaloneyWilliam Haggin Perry
1965Lucky DebonairBill ShoemakerFrank CatroneAda L. Rice
1964Hill RiseDonald PierceWilliam B. FinneganEl Peco Ranch
1963Candy SpotsBill ShoemakerMesh TenneyRex C. Ellsworth
1962Royal AttackEdward BurnsWilliam J. HirschNeil S. McCarthy
1961Four-and-TwentyJohnny LongdenVance LongdenAlberta Ranches, Ltd.
1960TompionBill ShoemakerRobert L. WheelerC.V. Whitney
1959Silver Spoon†Raymond YorkRobert L. WheelerC.V. Whitney
1958Silky SullivanBill ShoemakerReggie CornellTom Ross & Phil Klipstein
1957Sir WilliamHenry E. MorenoCecil JollyLouella & Herbert Armstrong
1956TerrangBill ShoemakerMesh TenneyRex C. Ellsworth
1955SwapsJohnny LongdenMesh TenneyRex C. Ellsworth
1954DetermineRaymond YorkWilliam MolterAndrew J. Crevolin
1953ChanleaEddie ArcaroHorace A. JonesCalumet Farm
1952Hill GailTed AtkinsonHorace A. JonesCalumet Farm
1951Rough'n TumbleEddie ArcaroMelvin CalvertFrances Genter
1950Your HostJohnny LongdenHarry L. DanielsWilliam Goetz
1949Old RockportGordon GlissonPhil ReillyClifford Mooers
1948SalmagundiJohnny LongdenWillie BoothWilliam G. Helis
1947On TrustJohnny LongdenWilliam MolterE. O. Stice & Sons
1946KnockdownRobert PermaneJames W. SmithMaine Chance Farm
1945BymeabondGeorge WoolfWayne B. StuckiJ. Kel Houssels
1941Porter's CapLeon HaasTom SmithCharles S. Howard
1940SweepidaRalph NevesL. Roy StaplesH. C. "Dutch" Hill
1939Ciencia†Carroll BiermanWilliam J. HirschKing Ranch
1938StagehandJack WestropeEarl SandeMaxwell Howard
1937Fairy HillMaurice PetersRichard E. HandlenWilliam duPont, Jr.
1936He DidWayne D. WrightJ. Thomas TaylorMrs. Silas B. Mason
1935GillieSilvio CoucciWilliam BrennanGreentree Stable