Smokey Image runs away with Cal Cup Derby at Santa Anita

BY foxsports • January 30, 2016

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Smokey Image romped to an 8 1/2-length victory over six rivals in the $250,000 California Cup Derby for 3-year-olds on Saturday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Smokey Image ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.39 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10.

Tough It Out returned $5.40 and $3.80, while Xingontothebone was another 6 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $4.80 to show.

Espinoza was aboard Smokey Image for the first time, while Carla Gaines took over as trainer of the Cal-bred colt after his most recent win at Del Mar on Oct. 30.

The victory, worth $137,500, increased Smokey Image's career earnings to $435,100, improved to 6-0.