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Santa Anita Derby

The Santa Anita Derby's story began in the midst of the Great Depression. Even in those tough times, the race quickly became a highlight in the horse racing calendar. .

Early winners like Stagehand in 1938 not only triumphed in Santa Anita but also went on to achieve nationwide fame. This early success set the tone for what the Santa Anita Derby would become a launching pad for racing's greatest stars.

What makes the Santa Anita Derby a key race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby? It's the combination of the challenging track, the high-caliber competition, and the timing of the race in the annual calendar. Horses that excel here are tested against some of the best in their class, providing a reliable gauge of their readiness for the challenges of the Kentucky Derby.

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Santa Anita Derby Betting Information

Location Inaugural Race Race Type Distance Track Qualification Purse Race Type
Santa Anita Park - Huntington, Arcadia, CA , USA 1935 Thoroughbred - Flat racing 1 1/8 miles (9 furlongs) Dirt, Left-handed Three-year-olds $1,000,000 Grade I

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Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2024 Stronghold Antonio Fresu Phillip D'Amato Waller, Eric M. and Waller, Sharon 1:49:98
2023 Practical Move Ramon A. Vazquez Tim Yakteen Leslie A. Amestoy, Pierre Jean Amestoy Jr. & Roger K. Beasley 1:48.69
2022 Taiba Mike E. Smith Tim Yakteen Zedan Racing Stables 1:48.46
2021 Rock Your World Umberto Rispoli John W. Sadler Hronis Racing LLC and David Michael Talla 1:49.17
2020 Honor A. P. Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs C R K Stable LLC 1:48.97
2019 Roadster Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Speedway Stable LLC 1:51.28
2018 Justify Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Winstar Farm, China Horse Club, SF Racing LLC 1:49.72
2017 Gormley Victor Espinoza John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1:51.16

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