Friday, April 3, 2009
The Pamplemousse looked awesome schooling in the Santa Anita paddock Friday afternoon during the 4th race, in preparation for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby.
The Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, for 3 year olds at 1-1/8 miles, is the final west coast prep for the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May. The Pamplemousse is the likely favorite in a field of ten 3-year-olds, including Pioneer of the Nile and Chocolate Candy.
The strapping roan son of Kafwain has won three of five starts and earned $209,280. He was a wire-to-wire winner of the San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 17, then won Santa Anita’s Sham Stakes at by six lengths on Feb. 28.
The Santa Anita Derby will go as the 6th race Saturday, at approximately 2:45 p.m. (pst) on an 11-race card, which includes four other stakes races.