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
  • 2020 Purse: $400,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, June 6th
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2020 Santa Anita Derby Entries and Results

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6
Honor A. P.
Mike E. Smith
John Shirreffs
$6.40
$2.60
$2.20
7
Authentic
Drayden Van Dyke
Bob Baffert
$2.20
$2.10
2
Rushie
Flavien Prat
Michael McCarthy
$3.40
4
Anneau d'Or
Victor Espinoza
Blaine Wright
3
Shooters Shoot
Abel Cedillo
Peter Eurton
1
Friar's Road
Geovanni Franco
Michael McCarthy
5
Azul Coast
Umberto Rispoli
Bob Baffert

Exotic Payouts (based on $2 wagers)

  • Exacta (6-7 Paid: $10.00)
  • Trifecta (6-7-2) Paid: $40.80
  • Superfecta (6-7-2-4) Paid: $137.00

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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. With a purse as high as $1 million some years, 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.

Previous Winners of the Santa Anita Derby

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2020
Honor A.P.
Mike E. Smith
John Shirreffs
C R K Stable LLC
2019
Roadster
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
Speedway Stable LLC
2018
Justify
Mike E. Smith
Bob Baffert
WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, et al
2017
Gormley
Victor Espinoza
John A. Shirreffs
Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.
2016
Exaggerator
Kent J. Desormeaux
J. Keith Desormeaux
Big Chief Racing/Rocker O Ranch et al
2015
Dortmund
Martin Garcia
Bob Baffert
Kaleem Shah
2014
California Chrome
Victor Espinoza
Art Sherman
M. Perry & S. Coburn
2013
Goldencents
Kevin Krigger
Doug O'Neill
W. C. Racing, D. Kenney, RAP Racing
2012
I'll Have Another
Mario Gutierrez
Doug O'Neill
J. Paul Reddam
2011
Midnight Interlude
Victor Espinoza
Bob Baffert
Arnold Zetcher

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