ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Goldencents has won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby over even-money favorite Flashback, with Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino among the colt’s co-owners.
Ridden by Kevin Krigger, Goldencents ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.76 on Saturday. He paid $15, $5.40 and $3.40 at 6-1 odds.
“C’mon Cards,” trainer Doug O’Neill said after the race. The Louisville team was playing Wichita State at the Final Four in Atlanta at the same time the race went off.
Flashback returned $3 and $2.20. Super Ninety Nine, who took the early lead, paid $3.40 to show. Bob Baffert trains both horses. He also saddled Power Broker in the eight-horse field and was denied a record seventh win in the West’s leading prep for the Kentucky Derby.
O’Neill won last year with I’ll Have Another, who went on to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.