California Chrome gets a chance to solidify his status as the West’s leading Kentucky Derby candidate when he runs as the 6-5 early favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby.
Candy Boy, ridden by Hall-of-Famer Gary Stevens, won the Grade 2 Robert Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday, earning him 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby standings.
Beholder won the $2 million Distaff by 4 1/4 lengths Friday at Santa Anita, spoiling Royal Delta’s bid for a third straight victory at the Breeders’ Cup, with veteran jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith dominating on opening day.
Beholder cruised to victory in the $250,000 Zenyatta Stakes against a deep field of fillies and mares at Santa Anita on Saturday in one of five Grade 1 races with Breeders’ Cup implications at the host track for the world championships.
Two months shy of his 50th birthday, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens is launching a comeback this weekend at Santa Anita.