Apr 08, 2005
Top filly favored in Santa Anita Derby
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Sweet Catomine, the 2004 champion two-year-old
filly, will face 10 three-year-old males in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby
at Santa Anita Park. The Santa Anita Derby is the final west coast prep for the Kentucky Derby.
Sweet Catomine has been made the 7-5 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/8 mile
race. The filly will start from post two and jockey Corey Nakatani has the riding
assignment. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod, Sweet Catomine has won both
starts this year, including last month's Santa Anita Oaks. In her career, she has
won five of six races for $1,044,600. Under trainer Julio Canani, Sweet Catomine
has won all five stakes races she has run, including last year's Breeders' Cup
The last filly to capture the Santa Anita Derby was Winning Colors in 1988 on
her way to winning the Kentucky Derby. A total of three females have won this
race, including Ciencia in 1939 and Silver Spoon in 1959.
Also entered in the Santa Anita Derby is 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner
Wilko. The colt is coming off a fourth-place finish in the recently-run San Felipe
Stakes at Santa Anita. Wilko is the third choice in the program at 9-2. He will
be ridden by Frankie Dettori, who guided Wilko in the Breeders' Cup victory.
Wilko will break from the outside post for trainer Craig Dollase. The three-year-old
has winnings of just under $1 million in 13 starts.
The 7-2 second choice is Don't Get Mad, who will start from post three with
Tyler Baze in the saddle. The colt is owned by B. Wayne Hughes and trained
by Paul McGee. This year he was second in the San Vicente Stakes and third
in the San Felipe. Don't Get Mad has won half his four career starts for better
Giacomo, the second-place finisher in the San Felipe, is 5-1 in the morning line
for trainer John Shirreffs. Giacomo will break from the inside post with
Mike Smith riding. Earlier this year the gray colt was third in the Sham Stakes
at Santa Anita at 1 1/8 miles. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss, Giacomo
has just one win in six starts for almost $150,000.
Completing the field for the Santa Anita Derby are the entry of Allright
and Go Coyote Joe, Customer, General Joe B, A.P. Arrow, Wannawinemall
and Buzzards Bay.
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