Santa Anita Derby: Winner, Results & Highlights

California Chrome

Before California Chrome won the 2014 Kentucky Derby, he won the Santa Anita Derby. (Getty)

In a dominant performance, Dortmund won the 77th annual $1 million Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park by four-and-a-quarter lengths in 1:48.73 and looked like the early favorite to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

Dortmound broke well and quickly went to the lead around the first turn, never coming close to relinquishing his lead in the race.

This year’s six-horse field was the smallest in Derby history, but packed a powerful punch with a few of the Kentucky Derby’s potential top contenders including the undefeated Dortmund — trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert — as well as Bolo. Dortmund’s daddy is also a big-time horse, Big Brown, who won the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before flaming out in the mile-and-a-half in the Belmont Stakes.

Two of the last three Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.

California Chrome went off as the 4/5 favorite in the seven-horse field and won the race easily in 2014. I’ll Have Another won the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Concidentally, both horses also won the 2nd stretch of the Triple Crown in Pimlico. I’ll Have Another was scratched for the Belmont Stakes while California Chrome finished a respectable 4th last year.

Dortmund was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia, trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Here is the rest of the order of finish:
Win: No. 1 Dortmund
Place: No. 2 One Lucky Dane
Show: No. 4 Bolo

Horse Jockey Trainer Win Place Show
(1) Dortmund Martin Garcia Bob Baffert $3.20 $2.40 $2.10
(2) One Lucky Dane Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert $4.80 $2.80
(4) Bolo Mike Smith Carla Gaines $3.00
$2 EXACTA: $13.00
$2 TRIFECTA: $17.70
$.01 SUPERFECTA: $2.60

Check Santa Anita Park’s YouTube channel for a replay of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby.