Santa Anita Derby Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2020 Santa Anita Derby Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2020 Santa Anita Derby is set for Saturday at Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia, California. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Santa Anita Derby Preview and Prediction
- Race: Santa Anita Derby
- Purse: $400,000
- Track: Santa Anita
- Date: June 6
- Post Time: 7:09 PM (ET)
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2020 Santa Anita Derby Handicapping
The horse racing world continues to roll toward the September Kentucky Derby, and on Saturday Derby qualifying points are up for grabs in the 2020 Santa Anita Derby.
The race has drawn a field of seven three-year-old colts to race 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita dirt, and will award Derby qualifying points to the top four finishers on a 100-40-20-10 scale.
Odds listed her are morning line odds set by the Santa Anita track handicapper.
2020 Santa Anita Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Authentic Race Odds: 4-5
Undefeated in three lifetime starts, Authentic is making a claim as one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby crown. After breaking his maiden in his first start last November, he moved into graded-stakes racing in 2020 and was little challenged in winning the (G3) Sham Stakes and (G2) San Filipe Stakes, both in wire-to-wire fashion.
He’s another star under the training of Bob Baffert, Drayden Van Dyke once again gets the call to ride.
2020 Santa Anita Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Honor AP Race Odds: 9-5
The poor man’s version of Authentic, Honor A.P.’s short career so far has pretty much mirrored that of his rival, without the win record. He was a runner-up in his first lifetime start last August and then scored a win next out before going on the shelf for five months.
He made his 2020 debut in the San Felipe and ran second to Authentic coming from just off the pace. There’s a little more distance to work with here and that should be of some benefit.
He’s trained by John Sherriffs and ridden by Mike Smith.
2020 Santa Anita Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Rushie Race Odds: 8-1
Taking his first step up to stakes racing, the Florida-bred Rushie comes into this off a win at the allowance level in what was a pretty strong field at Oaklawn Park. Prior to that he was well beaten by Kentucky Derby contender Charlatan in an allowance-level race at Santa Anita.
He did score his maiden victory three starts back on the SA dirt, and he’s another who could benefit from getting a bit more distance here.
Michael McCarthy trains, Flavien Prat is the jockey.
2020 Santa Anita Derby Free Pick & Handicapping: Anneau d’Or Race Odds: 15-1
The 28-1 runner-up in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Anneau d’Or followed up that effort with another 2nd place run in the (G2) Los Alamitos Futurity to close out his 2019 season. So far in 2020, however, he has yet to find his two-year-old form, finishing well up the track in both the Risen Star Stakes and the (G1) Arkansas Derby.
While probably not a threat for the top two spots, he has enough natural talent to grab a piece of the money in this field.
He’s trained by Blaine Wright, while Victor Espinoza is the rider.
Here’s my 2020 Santa Anita Derby Free Pick.
By most principles of handicapping this comes down to a two-horse race and essentially a re-match of the San Felipe between Authentic and Honor AP. The former won that race by 2 1/4 lengths, and the question is whether the latter has progressed in his development enough to close that gap.
I think Honor AP will loom large, but I’ll bet Authentic for the win.
Full Field: Santa Anita Derby Betting Odds
- Authentic 4-5
- Honor AP 9-5
- Rushie 8-1
- Shooters Shoot 8-1
- Anneau d’Or 15-1
- Azul Coast 15-1
- Friar’s Road 20-1
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