Santa Anita Derby: Break Will Be ‘Critical’ For Anneau D’Or

Anneau D’Or drew post position 4 in the 2020 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby this Saturday at Santa Anita Park and will face six formidable rivals, including the Bob Baffert trained Authentic and talented Honor Code colt Honor A.P. Trainer Blaine Wright was en-route to Santa Anita Park and in good spirits when discussing Anneau D’Or’s Runhappy Santa Anita Derby chances on Wednesday afternoon.

“He’s training just fine,” said Wright. “He shipped to Santa Anita on Monday and is resting happily in his stall there.”

The son of Medgalia D’Oro, purchased for $480,000 by owner Peter Redekop, finished second in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile and Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity last year and was considered a major player on the Triple Crown trail heading into 2020. However, his first two starts as a 3-year-old have been subpar.

After two off the board finishes in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, Wright says there are reasons to believe that Anneau D’Or can run an improved race in his third start of 2020.

“He likes the Santa Anita dirt,” said Wright. “He ran great over it in the Breeders Cup. We worked him once over the strip in April and he cruised over it.”

“He didn’t break quickly in Arkansas, either, and had to rush into contention early,” continued Wright. “Nobody was going to beat the winner, but Anneau D’Or flattened out a little bit late. I think it was partially because he had to be used up early on to get in a good spot.”

In the Santa Anita Derby, Anneau D’Or will be ridden for the first time by 3-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Victor Espinoza. The Santa Anita Derby goes as Race 8 on a stakes-packed 11 race card at Santa Anita.

“It’s critical Anneau D’Or breaks [from the gate] well,” concluded Wright. “We’re going to give him one more shot. If he breaks and gets a good trip, hopefully he puts up his best race.”

Also entered in the Runhappy Santa Anita Derby is El Camino Real Stakes winner Azul Coast, who makes his first start since the aforementioned victory at Golden Gate. Trained by Bob Baffert, the son of Super Saver will be ridden by Umberto Rispoli for the first time.

“I hope he can get a piece of the action,” said Baffert to Horse Racing Nation’s Jonathan Litner. “He’s a late running horse.”

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