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2012 Santa Anita Derby Preview: Likely Entries

2012 Santa Anita Derby

Let’s preview the 2012 Santa Anita Derby with a look at the race and the likely entries.


The 2012 Santa Anita Derby will be run on April 7th, and it’s time to preview the likely entries that will be racing the 1 1/8-miles for their share of the $750,000 purse.  The race will be held on a dirt track for three-year-olds, and is often a first look at the serious Triple Crown contenders for the upcoming horse racing season.


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Past winners of the Santa Anita Derby include Pioneer of the Nile, Point Given, A.P. Indy, and Affirmed, and horse racing’s next big star could be amongst the likely entries for 2012.  We’ll take a quick look at the 10 horses currently rumored to be in the Santa Anita Derby Field and give a quick preview of each potential star.


2012 Santa Anita Derby – Likely Entries:


Creative Cause – The likely Santa Anita Derby favorite is fresh off a win in the San Felipe, and he’s defeated some of the best three-year-olds in the sport in Norfolk, Del Mar Futurity, and Best Pal victories.  He came up behind Hansen and Union Rags in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile but looks to be much the best here.


I’ll Have Another – Was impressive in his recent Robert B. Lewis win in his first race at a mile or longer, but has finished behind Creative Cause in the Best Pal.  A 6th place finish in the Hopeful is discouraging, but then again that race was only at 7 furlongs.


Paynter – Sired by 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Awesome Again, this future star for Bob Baffert is still new to the sport but loaded with potential.  He had little issue breaking his maiden at Santa Anita over a month ago but will be taking a big step up in competition for his 2nd race.


Midnight Transfer – This horse started off slow and it took 3 attempts to break his maiden, but then he when on to run big in a San Pedro win at Santa Anita.  He stretched out over a mile for the first time last out in the San Felipe and finished 3rd in a talented field.


Liaison – This horse was sired by Indian Charlie who won the Santa Anita Derby before finishing 3rd in the Kentucky Derby.  He won the Real Quiet and the CashCall Futurity on synthetic surfaces but then switched to dirt and has run 8th in the Robert B. Lewis and 4th in the San Felipe.  Still, this Triple Crown contender is loaded with potential and has 5 races at a mile or longer which puts him above any of the other potential entries in that category.


Longview Drive – Sired by Pulpit, Longview Drive has the bloodlines to do big things in the sport of horse racing.  He won 3 of his first 4 career races but has since finished no better than 3rd after jumping up in competition quite a bit in the Delta Downs Jackpot, Sham, and Southwest.


Senor Rain – Is fresh off of an allowance went at Santa Anita but had finished no better than 3rd in his previous 4 races.  He’s looked his best on dirt and 9th place finishes on turf and synthetic can be excused, but there are still question marks about how good this horse can truly be.


Brother Francis – Finished 2nd in the Hollywood Prevue and 3rd in the CashCall Futurity recently after finishing second while attempting to break his maiden on the dirt at Santa Anita.  Brother Francis again tried to break his maiden at Santa Anita last time out but finished 3rd in his first turf race.  This is a capable horse that hasn’t found the perfect surface yet.


Blueskiesnrainbows – This three-year-old has finished 1st in 2 of his last 3 races but will be taking a massive jump up in competition in the 2012 Santa Anita Derby.  Blueskiesnrainbows has raced 4 times on this track, so at least he’ll feel comfortable when the gates open.


Baby Blake – This is another horse taking a large leap up in competition, but Baby Blake has finished no worse than 2nd in 4 career races.  He’s races his last 2 at Santa Anita, but just hasn’t gone against the premier runners in his age group yet.


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