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Santa Anita Derby 2013 Odds & Post Positions

The Santa Anita Derby takes place tomorrow April 6, 2013 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The $750,000 Grade I race is run on a 1 1/8 mile dirt track and is set with eight strong contenders.

Fan favorite Flashback, with 9-5 odds, will break from post position #1 with Garrett Gomez aboard. In our opinion, jockey Julien Laparoux was simply bad news for the powerful grey horse. Bob Baffert who has also entered Power Broker and Super Ninety Nine trains Flashback. Bob Baffert expressed that he thinks Flashback will be more relaxed in the Santa Anita Derby, unlike the San Felipe Stakes with Julien Laparoux aboard.

Facebook superstar Goldencents will break from post position #5 with 6-1 odds in the 2013 Santa Anita Derby. Jockey Kevin Krigger recently reported that he thinks this race will be different from the San Felipe Stakes. He feels Goldencents’s pace will be more relaxed during tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby.

Kevin Krigger stated, “I don’t think Flashback will be head-and-head with me going into the turn or around the turn, and I think that will give us a fairer chance at having a more relaxed scenario.”

The Santa Anita Derby is part of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series. The winner of the Santa Anita Derby will be awarded 100 points towards their 2013 Kentucky Derby entry. So far, Flashback leads the pack with 30 points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. Goldencents currently has 29 points. Power Broker, Tiz A Minister, and Super Ninety Nine are all tied with 10 points.

The sad news is Hear The Ghost, who was leading the board with 50 points, was scratched due to a slight injury to his front leg. Hear The Ghost was the second favorite for the 2013 Santa Anita Derby with 5-2 odds.

Vito Salatino, expert Handicapper and friend of Lady and The Track.

Vito Salatino, expert Handicapper and friend of Lady and The Track.

We were indecisive this week picking horses for the 2013 Santa Anita Derby so we consulted with expert handicapper and friend of Lady and The Track, Mr. Vito Salatino.

Vito Salatino stated, “Bob Baffert has won six Santa Anita Derby’s and has three in tomorrow’s race including Flashback, Super Ninety Nine, and Power Broker. Super Ninety Nine will shoot out of the gate and control the tempo. With Flashback drawing the rail it gives Gomez the opportunity to get him relaxed and just wait to make a move. Flashback is definitely the better of all in here. I Like Flashback to win and go on to Kentucky.”

Vito added, “I also like Goldencents with Jockey Krigger to finish second. Rounding out the Trifecta, my pick is Baffert’s Power Broker to place third.”

Thanks Vito! Lady and The Track would like to wish Hear The Ghost a speedy recovery and wish all the contenders in the 2013 Santa Anita Derby the best of luck. Good Luck! Safe Run!

The 2013 Santa Anita Derby is the ninth race of the day with a 4:00 PM PDT post time.

Santa Anita Derby Odds & Post Positions
1 pp1 Flashback 6-5 Gomez/Baffert
2 Hear The Ghost Nakatani/Hollendorfer
3 pp2 Power Broker 4-1 Bejarano/Baffert
4 pp3 Tiz A Minister 5-1 Talamo/Aguirre
5 pp4 Goldencents 9-2 Krigger/O’Neill See Our Interview With Doug O’Neill! 
6 pp5 Super Ninety Nine 9-2 Garcia/Baffert
7 pp6 Summer Exclusive 20-1 Maldonado/Miller
8 pp7 Storm Fighter 15-1 Stevens/Headley
9 pp8 Dirty Swagg 30-1 Baze/Cho

5 Goldencents $15 to Win/$5.40 to Place/$3.40 to Show
1 Flashback $3.00 to Place/$2.20 to Show
6 Super Ninety Nine $3.40 to Show

In related news, the Santa Anita Oaks will precede the Santa Anita Derby with a 2:00 PM PDT post time. The 2013 Santa Anita Oaks will be the fifth race of the day at Santa Anita Park. The winner of tomorrow’s Oaks will receive 100 points towards their 2013 Kentucky Oaks entry. See full schedule of Kentucky Oaks Championship races.

Santa Anita Oaks 2013 Post Positions & Odds
1 Black Witch 8-1 Garcia/Baffert
2 Spellbound 9-2 Espinoza/Mandella
3 Could Be Trouble 8-1 Stevens/Miller
4 Fiftyshadesofhay 9-2 Bejarano/Baffert
5 Iotapa 8-5 Talamo/Sadler
6 Beholder 3-5 Gomez/Mandella

6 Beholder $2.60 to Win/$2.20 to Place/$2.10 to Show
5 Iotapa $7.80 to Place/$3.80 to Show
4 Fiftyshadesofhay $2.10 to Show

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