April 8th 2017 - Santa Anita Derby video
Santa Anita Derby
Santa Anita Derby is on April 7, 2018!
First hosted in 1935 at Santa Anita Park usually around the same time as the Santa Anita Handicap. This Grade 1 horse race is designed for 3-year-old thoroughbreds and is one of several preparation races for the Kentucky Derby. With a purse of $1 million, the Santa Anita Derby 9-furlong race offers its winner a place in the starting gate of the more famous Kentucky Derby.
Despite being run on an artificial surface for a few years, the Santa Anita Derby is now back to being a dirt track race. Lucky Debonair, Sham and Indian Charlie have all completed the course in a record-breaking 1 minute 47 seconds. The most recent winner of the race was Gormley, ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by John Shirreffs in 1 minute 51 seconds last year.