US RACING: BIG BETTING ON SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY

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Santa Anita Derby day produced all-sources pari-mutuel handle of US$24,282,400 – the largest Santa Anita Derby day handle since 2007.

Fans were allowed at Santa Anita Park for the first time in more than a year, and 8,246 were in attendance, according to a news release from the track.

Rock Your World won the Santa Anita Derby in only his third start and his first on dirt. Trained by John Sadler and ridden in gate to wire fashion by Umberto Rispoli, the 3-year-old colt by Candy Ride powered to a 4 1/4-length victory over Bob Baffert’s Medina Spirit and paid US$12.40 to win. He picked up 100 Kentucky Derby qualifying points and will try to become the 19th horse to exit the Santa Anita Derby and go on to win the run for the roses on May 1 at Churchill Downs.

 

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