Three Takeaways from the 2019 Santa Anita Derby

Roadster winning the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) - © Benoit Photo In a much-anticipated showdown between two of trainer Bob Baffert’s top Kentucky Derby hopefuls, the lightly-raced Roadster got the better of his favored stablemate Game Winner in a thrilling battle to the finish line of the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. After taking some time to analyze the results and study the replay, here are my three main takeaways from [...]

How To Bet Trio of Kentucky Derby Preps Podcast

It's the busiest weekend on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, and the BetAmerica Radio Network How To Bet Horse Racing has you covered, as handicapper Gus Alonso joins Ed DeRosa to analyze the three points races: the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, and the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park. For FREE Ultimate Past Performances of these races, click each of the race names above. For links to handicapping reports, click each [...]

Why I’m Betting Roadster in the Santa Anita Derby

Roadster winning his debut at Del Mar - © Benoit Photo It might not be logical to expect the champion two-year-old and three-time Grade 1 winner #6 Game Winner to lose back-to-back races, but when he starts as the heavy favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, I’ll be tempted to oppose him. Am I crazy? Maybe. Why would I side against the horse that I have ranked #1 in my [...]

Santa Anita Derby Historical as It Gets

  On Saturday, April 6, some of the best three-year-olds in the nation will head to the Great Race Place, Santa Anita Park, for the Santa Anita Derby. Traditionally one of the top three-year-old prep races for the Kentucky Derby, the Santa Anita Derby is one of the SoCal racetracks most historical events. Year to year, it draws massive crowds and eager horseplayers looking to cash out on the budding superstar three-year-olds. Last year, Justify won the Santa Anita Derby [...]

Justify, Bolt d’Oro Impress in Santa Anita Derby

Justify - © Benoit Photo It appears that the hype is justified. Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) at Santa Anita was billed as a showdown between the two-time Grade 1 winner Bolt d’Oro and the up-and-coming sensation Justify, with the latter less than two months into his racing career. Bolt d’Oro had the edge in experience, but Justify--conditioned by the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert--had been brilliant winning his two previous starts by daylight [...]

Analyzing the Late Pick 4 on Santa Anita Derby Day

The big day in thoroughbred racing spans from coast to coast on Saturday and that includes a 13-race card in Southern California headlined by the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The final race is an Arabian event, so the late Pick 4 commences with the Santa Anita Derby in Race 9, includes the Grade 2 Royal Heroine and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and ends with an optional claimer at a mile and an eighth over the lawn in [...]