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California Chome Dominates SA Derby

Santa Anita Derby (Gr. I) - Saturday, April 5

CALIFORNIA CHROME….wow. This was the coming out party for this three year old colt. California Chrome was the odds on favorite as the race started and finished more than 5 lengths ahead of everyone and made it look ridiculously easy. After breaking a bit slow again, Chrome sat just off the leaders throughout the first half of the race and finally made his move coming around the final turn. By the time he hit the straight away the race was over, he was 5 lengths in front and never looked back. HOPPERTUNITY looked strong in second and finished another three lengths ahead of any other horse making up ground on everyone except for the leader coming down the stretch; he was clearly the second best. CANDY BOY with all of his hype finished third and was never really a factor to either of the first two finishers. DUBLIN UP led the majority of the race and was able to hold on to a distant fourth place finish.

Wicked Strong takes the Wood Memorial

Wicked Strong - 2014 Wood Memorial (G1)

This was supposed to be the battle of the big three, but their party was spoiled by the 9/1 shot WICKED STRONG who came flying down the stretch to win pulling away from the field by 3 ½ lengths in the end. Wicked Strong sat well behind a quick pace (0:23/0:472) and finally overtaking the leaders in the final stretch. Wicked had a solid rail trip and was able to angle out nicely coming out of the turn and had a clear path to the finish. SAMRAAT showed again that he can win a fight down the stretch poking a nose ahead of the posttime well hyped favorite SOCIAL INCLUSION. Social Inclusion had all of the hype going in after his huge figures in his last race, but was unable to hold on to the lead and fell out of the Kentucky Derby gates with a third place finish. Social Inclusion’s connections are likely pointing toward the Preakness to take on some of these same competitors yet again.