The 2021 Santa Anita Derby tops a 12-race map on Saturday that includes six high-stakes races from “ The Great Race Place. ” The great Kentucky Derby prep race is always worth watching, as coach Bob Baffert has won the race nine times and has two 3-year-old contenders in this year’s race. Two Hall of Fame jockey ride the Baffert riders with John Velazques aboard the favorite Medina Spirit (5/2), and Mike Smith in the saddle of Defunded (8/1).
Medina Spirit is already in the top 20 of the Twinspires Kentucky Derby rankings, but a top 3 will add to her total of 34 points and secure her place in the Run for the Roses on May 1 at Churchill Downs. Defunded made his Stakes debut on his third start, but Better race reports West Coast Handicapping Report senior handicap Rob Heine suggests he has a chance to gain the upper hand as a rapidly improving colt and son of the 2011 Florida Derby Dialed In winner.
Heine also makes a case to include Dream Shake (7/2) as the winner and in both vertical and horizontal bets. Dream Shake is ridden by Santa Anita’s main jockey, Flavien Prat. Additionally, Top Race Reports notes that Rock Your World’s quick improvement (4/1) is 2 for 2 on grass and that coach Jon Sadler is moving it on dirt in an interesting placement.
The Santa Anita Derby is part of a 20-cent Rainbow Pick Six offer that is expected to hit $ 5 million with mandatory payment on Saturday April. 3. The Santa Anita Derby is Race 8 with the start time at 7:15 PM ET. This is part of the simultaneous TV coverage on NBCSN from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. AND which includes the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
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A total of 19 Kentucky Derby winners have also competed in the Santa Anita Derby, and some of Sport of Kings’ greats have won it – Sham, Affirmed, Winning Colors, Sunday Silence, UKTN Indy, Point Given, Pioneerof the Nile , I’ll Have Another, Goldencent, California Chrome, Exaggerator, and Justify.
Three of the last nine winners of the Santa Anita Derby won the Kentucky Derby four weeks later. This includes Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown winner Justify in 2018, who won his Santa Anita Derby debut and then swept all three Triple Crown races in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Baffer’s horses have finished second in the last two years of the Santa Anita Derby, but Authentic, second last year, has won both the rescheduled Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Adding notes on Santa Anita Derby favorite of Horse Racing Nation and Super Screener reports that Medina Spirit has undergone a throat procedure for a slightly trapped epiglottis. This follows his second place finish in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes last month to stabilize Life Is Good, who was a Kentucky Derby favorite but is now sidelined for a few months due to an injury to the left paw suffered during training.
This is the potential risk of betting before the Run for the Roses in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools. Life is Good was the big favorite coming out of Pool 4 in early March, and future bettors from Twinspires and other major online racing platforms now have the reins of the Derby qualifier who will not be in the grid. departure.
But Medina Spirit and one or two other Santa Anita Derby riders will be in the 2021 Kentucky Derby. This makes the Santa Anita Derby and other important preparation races to watch out for when you are making your bets and evaluating more horses on the road. of the Kentucky Derby.
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