Undefeated Dortmund drew the No. 1 post position and is the early 3-5 favorite for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby this weekend.
The 3-year-old colt is 5 for 5 for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who will also saddle One Lucky Dane on Saturday in the West Coast’s major prep for the Kentucky Derby. One Lucky Dane will break from the No. 2 post in the six-horse field.
Baffert is seeking a record seventh win in the 1-1/8-mile race.
Dortmund is coming off a 1-1/4-length victory in the San Felipe on March 7. A son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, Dortmund has been favored in all five of his starts. He has been the odds-on choice in his past four races and likely will be again this weekend under Martin Garcia.
One Lucky Dane is a son of 2010 Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky, who was also trained by Baffert. He has two wins in five career starts and was listed at 5-1 odds Wednesday.
At 15-1, Cross the Line drew the No. 3 post, while 4-1 choice Bolo will break from the No. 4 spot under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith. Prospect Park, a 7-2 shot, drew the fifth spot in the starting gate.
Bad Read Sanchez landed in the far outside spot and is the longest shot in the field at 30-1. He’s trained by Doug O’Neill and ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who teamed to win the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I’ll Have Another.
The winner earns 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. Second is worth 40, third earns 20 and 10 go to the fourth-place finisher. Prospect Park is currently tied for 20th on the leaderboard that determines the horses assured of earning a berth in the 20-horse field for the Derby on May 2.