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Santa Anita Derby attracts seven

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Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Another major step on the road to the Kentucky Derby will take place Saturday with the running of the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby. Wimbledon, winner of the Louisiana Derby, is the 5-2 morning line favorite for the 1 1/8 mile race. Wimbledon is trained by Bob Baffert for owner James McIngvale. Jockey Javier Santiago will once again be in the saddle as the three-year-old will start from post three.

The gray colt has won his last two starts and has earned $415,980 in six races. After beginning his racing career with a fifth place finish, Wimbledon posted three straight second place finishes.

The second choice in the program at 3-1 is Rock Hard Ten. The colt will break from post six with David Flores riding. Rock Hard Ten will be making his stakes debut in the Santa Anita Derby after winning his first two starts.

A pair of runners are 7-2 in the morning line.

San Rafael winner Imperialism will start from the inside post for owner Steve Taub and trainer Kristin Mulhall. Imperialism has won five of 14 career starts for $287,605. Earlier this year he won the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

St Averil is coming off a second place finish in the San Felipe Stakes behind Preachinatthebar. He opened the year with a win in the Santa Catalina Stakes for owner Stan Fulton and trainer Rafael Becerra. St Averil will be ridden by Tyler Baze and break from the outside post.

Completing the field for the Santa Anita Derby are Lucky Pulpit, Castledale and Quintons Gold Rush.

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