Cal Cup Oaks & Derby at Santa Anita

16 Jan

The $200,000 Cal Cup Derby and $200,000 Cal Cup Oaks have drawn competitive fields of 8 and 10, respectively, and highlight a solid five-stakes program from the Great Race Place this Saturday. The nine-race card gets underway at 12:30pm.

The Derby features a clash between recent King Glorious Stakes winner Club Aspen and Northern California invader and Gold Rush Stakes winner, Bettor Trip Nick. Graduation Stakes runner up, Big Returns, also figures to take action despite being laid off since Del Mar. Gold Rush runners up, Indian Peak and Sacred Rider, also make the trip down from Golden Gate Fields to compete to see who’s the top Cal Bred sophomore heading into Derby season.

The Cal Cup Oaks has drawn a nearly full field of 12, led by our own Everett Nevin Stakes winner, Bulletproof One. She’ll face a still challenge from Golden Stakes Juvenile winner, Been Studying Her, and recent Soviet Problem winner, Cholula Lips. Smiling Shirlee and Warren’s Moon also exit off of 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Soviet Problem behind Cholula Lips, respectively. With a competitive field of 12, the Oaks figures to be among the best betting races of the day.

The Cal Cup Derby and Oaks are carded as the 7th and 8th races, respectively, and will go to post at approximately 3:37 and 4:07pm. The undercard also includes three stakes races; the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint, the $150,000 California Cup Sprint, and $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic going 1 1/8 miles on the turf course.

Santa Anita’s Rainbow 6 Jackpot stands at $432,042 heading into Friday’s program. The Rainbow 6 Pick 6 can be played for just 20-cents and will be held over races 4-9 on Saturday.

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