HRT Highlights #56: Santa Anita Derby Recap

In this HRT Highlights #56, we will look at this weekend’s qualifying races the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial. Also, the Kentucky Oaks qualifying race Santa Anita Oaks.

HRT Highlights #56

2023 Santa Anita Derby

Practical Move went off as the even money favorite in California’s premier prep for the Derby. Turning for home, he went to the front with Japanese invader Mandarin Hero and local challenger Skinner.  The tree-o came down the stretch together with Practical Move a nose winner over Mandarin Hero and Skinner a half length back in third.  National Treasure finished fourth and will join Practical Move heading to Kentucky with Mandarin Hero sitting 26th in the points and hoping for scratches. 

2023 Bluee Grass Stakes

Tapit Trice was already guaranteed a spot in the Derby before he stepped into the gate at Keeneland for the Blue Grass Stakes but once he went head and head with Verifying down the stretch and prevailed by a neck and then with stood a jockey inquiry for the victory.  Champagne Stakes winner Blazing Sevens rallied late for third and currently is 17th on the points list.

2023 Wood Memorial

The Wood Memorial has produced some crazy results and this year was no exception when 59/1 long shot Lord Miles survived a frantic three-horse sprint to the wire and multiple claims of foul to get the golden ticket to the Derby.  Favored Hit Show ended up in second and highly regarded maiden Dreamlike was third.  This surprise comes on the heels of the G3 Gazelle where Promiseher America at odds of 26/1 took the race and earned a spot in the Kentucky Oaks.   

2023 Santa Anita Oaks

Can you name a filly that won the Santa Anita Oaks in dominant fashion to go 5 for 5 lifetimes with four of those wins being graded?  That filly would be Faiza who came home 6 lengths in front but since she is in the Baffert barn, she is banned from Churchill Downs and instead will head to New York for her next race and then likely the Black Eye Susan at Pimlico.  Coming in second was And Tell Me No Lies who has qualified for the Oaks. 

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