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2021 Santa Anita Derby PPs, Odds and Analysis

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Free Santa Anita Derby past performances for Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Santa Anita

The field for the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby (G1) $750,000 will go as the 8th race this weekend in Southern California. Santa Anita’s premier race of the 2021 season is one of three races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby for the weekend of Saturday, April 3.

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Medina Spirit Inherits Favoritism

Medina Spirit will lead a field of ten 3YOs to the post on Saturday in the $750K Santa Anita Derby. The Bob Baffert trainee will be odds on favorite to win after the unfortunate departure from the Derby trail of stablemate Life is Good due to an early morning injury sustained in a workout.

Watch Life Is Good win the San Felipe Stakes in a replay.

The Official Field for the 1 1/8 miles Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita

1 Roman Centurian Callaghan 8
A well beaten 4th in the San Felipe. And twice defeated by the favorite, he’ll have plenty of work to do to make up five lengths in the stretch as a deep closer. Should like the added distance and can see him closing out the exacta in what should be a replay of the San Felipe sans Life is Good. Use underneath.
2 Dream Shake Eurton 7-2
Making his first start vs. winners in the San Felipe off his maiden victory, he pressed Medina Spirit for 2nd throughout the San Felipe as the two chased Life is Good home. Gets new rider for this one as Rosario opts to ride Untreated for Pletcher in the Blue Grass Stakes. Expect the strategy to be the same here as he knocks heads with the favorite. The added distance and pressured pace could prove too much late for the win. Top 3 contender.
3 Rock Your World Sadler 4
Twice a winner in two career starts on turf for solid connections. Sitting on a best of 82 bullet a few days ago. Makes his first start on dirt but this son of Candy Ride could be as versatile as multiple graded stakes winner Gun Runner was. Could be any kind and expect him to add pressure to what will be an already contentious pace. Hard to see him taking this home but possible.
4 Parnelli Shirreffs 20
Tried graded company in his last two starts against Life is Good two back in the Sham and LTO finishing 20 behind Medina Spirit in the Lewis. Adds blinkers which means they plan to send him from the start and that only hastens his demise in here — and possibly a few others. Pass.
5 Back Ring Luck Sadler 20
Sire Malibu Moon was a sprinter who started only twice in his career winning a 5f MSW and finishing 2nd in the other before being retired. This guy was claimed for $30K two back from a CD maiden victory going 1 1/16th. Won his next start at the same distance in an Oaklawn OCNW1X. Has stamina from his dams side. But can’t see him stepping up to this level with success. Pass.
6 Ottothelegend Asmussen 12
Three Chimneys home bred will be far from home on Saturday for Asmussen who has sent two West without success this year. Hard to see him turning a last out MSW win at Oaklawn into a trip to the Kentucky Derby. Pass.
7 Medina Spirit Baffert 5-2
Form cycle says he’s due for a win in here after alternating between win and place in his four career starts that began with a victory in a Los Alamitos MSW last December. Followed up with a 3/4 length deficit behind stablemate Life Is Good in the Sham and was 8 back of him in the San Felipe. His Lewis win over Roman Centurian and ultimate Louisiana Derby winner Hot Rod Charlie makes him the undisputed favorite at post time. TOP CHOICE.
8 Law Professor McCarthy 10
Crushed by Dream Shake in his career opener at long odds. Added blinkers to win a 1 mile MSW here in his last start a month ago. Son of Constitution will have to follow the laws of high caliber horse racing and historical outcomes which says it’s hard to win right back against winners after a maiden score. Too much to overcome.
9 The Great One O’Neill 8
Of the four from the San Felipe, he crossed the finish line in 5th behind the others he’ll face again in here. He was a 14 length winner two back in a MSW here with Lasix. Was a nose shy of winning the Los Alamitos Futurity over Spielberg who has since fallen out of favor with KD fans after his Florida Derby debacle. Should be part of the pace but without Lasix for how long?
10 Defunded Baffert 8
Could this be Mike Smith’s ‘now horse’ for the Kentucky Derby? Making his first start since his MSW win LTO going 6 furlongs. He chased a blistering pace through a half mile and closed to win going away from the 11 hole. Has a ‘best of’ 6F bullet move sandwiched in between two five furlong works since his last start and expect he’ll be primed and ready to take on this talented group. But have a feeling that the San Felipe runners will be over valued. UPSET SPECIAL.

Free Santa Anita Derby Past Performances

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