Santa Anita Derby

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Grade I race
Santa Anita Derby
Location Santa Anita Park
Arcadia, California, USA
Inaugurated 1935
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Santa Anita Park
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs (55.3 kg)
Purse $1 million[1]

The Santa Anita Derby is an American Grade 1 thoroughbred horse race for three-year-olds run each April at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California and carries a purse of $1 million. Inaugurated in 1935, it is considered the most important West Coast stepping-stone to the Kentucky Derby.[citation needed] Since its inception, seven Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.

Now run at a distance of 118 miles (9 Furlongs), for the first three years it was 1116 miles, and at 114 miles in 1947. Until 2008 the race had been run on dirt surface. The race has been contested on Cushion Track (2008) and Pro-Ride (2009 & 2010) artificial surfaces. In 2011, the race returned to dirt.

Prep races leading to the Santa Anita Derby include the San Rafael Stakes, San Miguel Stakes, Sham Stakes, San Vicente Stakes, San Pedro Stakes, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and the San Felipe Stakes, all run at Santa Anita Park.

As a result of World War II, there were no races held from 1942 to 1944.

Records[edit]

  • At age 17, Pat Valenzuela became the youngest jockey to win the Santa Anita Derby when he rode Codex to victory in the 1980 race.
  • In 2000, Jenine Sahadi became the first woman trainer to win the Santa Anita Derby.
  • In 2005, Jeff Mullins became the first trainer to win three consecutive editions of the Santa Anita Derby.

Speed Record:
Three horses share the record for the fastest winning time of 1:47.00:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a Trainer:

Winners of the Santa Anita Derby since 1935[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Grade
2014 California Chrome 3 Victor Espinoza Art Sherman M. Perry & S. Coburn 118 1:47.52 I
2013 Goldencents 3 Kevin Krigger Doug O'Neill W. C. Racing, D. Kenney, RAP Racing 118 1:48.78 I
2012 I'll Have Another 3 Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill J. Paul Reddam 118 1:47.88 I
2011 Midnight Interlude 3 Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert Arnold Zetcher 118 1:48.56 I
2010 Sidney's Candy 3 Joe Talamo John W. Sadler Sid and Jenny Craig Trust 118 1:48.00 I
2009 Pioneerof the Nile 3 Garrett Gomez Bob Baffert Zayat Stables 118 1:49.17 I
2008 Colonel John 3 Corey Nakatani Eoin G. Harty WinStar Farm 118 1:48.16 I
2007 Tiago 3 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 118 1:49.51 I
2006 Brother Derek 3 Alex Solis Dan Hendricks Cecil Peacock 118 1:48.00 I
2005 Buzzards Bay 3 Mark Guidry Jeff Mullins Fog City Stable 118 1:49.18 I
2004 Castledale 3 Jose Valdivia, Jr. Jeff Mullins Frank Lyons & Greg Knee 118 1:49.24 I
2003 Buddy Gil 3 Gary Stevens Jeff Mullins Desperado Stables et al. 118 1:49.36 I
2002 Came Home 3 Chris McCarron Paco J. Gonzalez J. Toffan/T. McCaffery et al. 118 1:50.02 I
2001 Point Given 3 Gary Stevens Bob Baffert The Thoroughbred Corp. 118 1:47.77 I
2000 The Deputy 3 Chris McCarron Jenine Sahadi Team Valor/Gary Barber 118 1:49.08 I
1999 General Challenge 3 Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Golden Eagle Farm 118 1:48.92 I
1998 Indian Charlie 3 Gary Stevens Bob Baffert Hal Earnhardt/John R. Gaines 118 1:47.00 I
1997 Free House 3 Kent Desormeaux J. Paco Gonzalez J. Toffan & T. McCaffery 118 1:47.60 I
1996 Cavonnier 3 Chris McCarron Bob Baffert Walter Family Trust 118 1:48.91 I
1995 Larry the Legend 3 Gary Stevens Craig A. Lewis Craig A. Lewis 118 1:47.99 I
1994 Brocco 3 Gary Stevens Randy Winick Albert R. Broccoli 118 1:48.33 I
1993 Personal Hope 3 Gary Stevens Mark A. Hennig Lee & Debi Lewis 118 1:49.03 I
1992 A.P. Indy 3 Ed Delahoussaye Neil Drysdale Tomonori Tsurumaki 118 1:49.25 I
1991 Dinard 3 Chris McCarron Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 118 1:48.00 I
1990 Mister Frisky 3 Gary Stevens Laz Barrera Solymar Stable 118 1:49.00 I
1989 Sunday Silence 3 Pat Valenzuela Charlie Whittingham H-G-W Partners 118 1:47.60 I
1988 Winning Colors 3 Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas Eugene V. Klein 118 1:47.80 I
1987 Temperate Sil 3 Bill Shoemaker Charlie Whittingham Frankfurt Stables/Whittingham 118 1:49.00 I
1986 Snow Chief 3 Alex Solis Melvin F. Stute Grinstead & Rochelle 118 1:48.60 I
1985 Skywalker 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Michael Whittingham Oak Cliff Stable 118 1:48.40 I
1984 Mighty Adversary 3 Ed Delahoussaye Tommy Doyle M/M Felty J. Yoder 118 1:49.00 I
1983 Marfa 3 Jorge Velasquez D. Wayne Lukas French, Beal, Lukas 118 1:49.40 I
1982 Muttering 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Tartan Stable 118 1:47.60 I
1981 Splendid Spruce 3 Darrel McHargue Chay R. Knight Surf and Turf Stable 118 1:49.00 I
1980 Codex 3 Pat Valenzuela D. Wayne Lukas Tartan Stable 118 1:47.60 I
1979 Flying Paster 3 Donald Pierce Gordon C. Campbell Bernard J. Ridder 118 1:48.00 I
1978 Affirmed 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 118 1:48.00 I
1977 Habitony 3 Bill Shoemaker Tommy Doyle Anthony W. Pejsa 118 1:48.20 I
1976 An Act 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Ron McAnally Katz, Brun & Roberts, et al. 118 1:48.00 I
1975 Avatar 3 Jorge Tejeira Tommy Doyle Arthur A. Seeligson, Jr. 118 1:47.60 I
1974 Destroyer 3 Ismael Valenzuela Monti C. Sims Kenneth Opstein 118 1:48.80 I
1973 Sham 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Frank "Pancho" Martin Sigmund Sommer 118 1:47.00 I
1972 Solar Salute 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Lou Glauburg M/M John J. Elmore 118 1:47.60
1971 Jim French 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. John P. Campo Frank Caldwell 118 1:48.20
1970 Terlago 3 Bill Shoemaker Jerry M. Fanning Samuel J. Agnew 118 1:48.40
1969 Majestic Prince 3 Bill Hartack Johnny Longden Frank M. McMahon 118 1:49.20
1968 Alley Fighter 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. James W. Maloney Cragwood Stables 118 1:49.00
1967 Ruken 3 Fernando Alvarez Clyde Turk Louis R. Rowan 118 1:49.80
1966 Boldnesian 3 Walter Blum James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 118 1:48.40
1965 Lucky Debonair 3 Bill Shoemaker Frank Catrone Ada L. Rice 118 1:47.00
1964 Hill Rise 3 Donald Pierce William B. Finnegan El Peco Ranch 118 1:47.40
1963 Candy Spots 3 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 118 1:50.20
1962 Royal Attack 3 Edward Burns William J. Hirsch Neil S. McCarthy 118 1:49.60
1961 Four-and-Twenty 3 Johnny Longden Vance Longden Alberta Ranches, Ltd. 118 1:48.00
1960 Tompion 3 Bill Shoemaker Robert L. Wheeler C.V. Whitney 118 1:47.80
1959 Silver Spoon 3 Raymond York Robert L. Wheeler C.V. Whitney 118 1:49.00
1958 Silky Sullivan 3 Bill Shoemaker Reggie Cornell Tom Ross & Phil Klipstein 118 1:49.40
1957 Sir William 3 Henry Moreno Cecil Jolly Louella & Herbert Armstrong 118 1:54.20
1956 Terrang 3 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 118 1:51.00
1955 Swaps 3 Johnny Longden Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 118 1:50.00
1954 Determine 3 Raymond York William Molter Andrew J. Crevolin 118 1:48.80
1953 Chanlea 3 Eddie Arcaro Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 1:49.80
1952 Hill Gail 3 Ted Atkinson Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 118 1:50.00
1951 Rough'n Tumble 3 Eddie Arcaro Melvin Calvert Frances Genter 118 1:50.40
1950 Your Host 3 Johnny Longden Harry L. Daniels William Goetz 118 1:48.80
1949 Old Rockport 3 Gordon Glisson Phil Reilly Clifford Mooers 118 1:50.20
1948 Salmagundi 3 Johnny Longden Willie Booth William G. Helis 118 1:51.20
1947 On Trust 3 Johnny Longden William Molter E. O. Stice & Sons 114 2:03.20
1946 Knockdown 3 Robert Permane James W. Smith Maine Chance Farm 118 1:50.60
1945 Bymeabond 3 George Woolf Wayne B. Stucki J. Kel Houssels 118 1:50.00
1941 Porter's Cap 3 Leon Haas Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 118 1:54.40
1940 Sweepida 3 Ralph Neves L. Roy Staples H. C. "Dutch" Hill 118 1:51.60
1939 Ciencia 3 Carroll Bierman William J. Hirsch King Ranch 118 1:50.60
1938 Stagehand 3 Jack Westrope Earl Sande Maxwell Howard 118 1:50.40
1937 Fairy Hill 3 Maurice Peters Richard E. Handlen William duPont, Jr. 118 1:45.80
1936 He Did 3 Wayne D. Wright J. Thomas Taylor Mrs. Silas B. Mason 118 1:49.40
1935 Gillie 3 Silvio Coucci William Brennan Greentree Stable 118 1:44.60

See also[edit]

Special Bonus[edit]

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1) win Holy Bull Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) win Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) win San Felipe Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
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3) run in Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) run in San Felipe Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
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  • Note: In 2011 Shackleford won for the $550,000 Xpressbet Bonus.

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