Honor A.P. Horse Wins Santa Anita

Honor A.P. horse gets payback against Authentic, wins Santa Anita Derby. At the Santa Felipe Stakes in March, Honor A.P. couldn’t get past Bob Baffert trained Authentic, finishing second in the race. On Saturday, the three-year-old colt got some payback against Authentic, winning the Santa Anita Derby and handing Authentic his first loss.

The John Shirreffs trained horse was making just his fourth career start. Also, looked much better than he did when he went up against Authentic in March.

“We knew that he has tactical speed and Mike (Smith) can put him pretty much where he wants,” Shirreffs said. “On the backside, we hoped he would get comfortable to have a nice little kick in the end, and it all worked out well.”

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who has won the last three consecutive Santa Anita Derbys, said “every indication” shows this Honor Code colt should especially relish the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby’s 1 1/4 miles. Many bettors agree.

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“Just the way he does, the way he galloped out even today, he galloped, and I had to pull him up,” said Smith. “He just keeps going with that big stride. It’s almost like horses have to take two to his one, it seems like. …

“John’s done a great job of putting some good. Long works into him and really galloping out. So he had a lot of air in him today.”

The loss to Honor A.P. wraps up a tough week for Baffert, who had to retire Nadal, one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby, earlier in the week and announced on Saturday that Arkansas Derby winner Charlatan will miss both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.

“I was afraid of being on the outside,” Baffert said of Authentic. “He broke out and then caught his stride. He did all the heavy lifting all the way around to the stretch. Mike Smith just sat back there and does what he does. The winner ran really well.”

June 9, 2020 by : Posted in betting No Comments

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