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Power Broker winning the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita in 2012. (Photo courtesy Benoit & Associates)

Highlighting a graded stakes filled card in Southern California on Saturday is the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby for 3-year-olds going the distance of 1 1/8 miles.

The overwhelming morning line favorite hails from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who will send a trio of colts out for Southern California’s signature Kentucky Derby prep race. Drawing the one post with Garrett Gomez aboard is Flashback, a gray son of Tapit who is a full brother to Grade 1-winning filly Zazu. A speedster, the rail draw is perfect for a horse with only one way to go: an extremely common trait among the better Tapit runners.

A pair of Pulpit progeny are the stablemates from Baffert’s barn joining Flashback in the starting gate. Power Broker  has trained well since a horribly wide trip in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Super Ninety Nine is back over his home strip after running away with the Southwest Stakes in the mud and then fading in the Rebel Stakes (both at Oaklawn Park).

At this point on the Kentucky Derby trail, the biggest question is: who can get the distance?

There is no doubt the Baffert brigade is talented, but all three have some measure of distance limitation from a pedigree-on-paper standpoint.

That problem should not impact a horse like Hear the Ghost, whose pedigree suggests he should only improve as the distances get longer. A half-brother to the very precocious Grade 1 winner Mani Bhavan, the chestnut gelding is all-but undefeated in just three starts after benefiting from a blistering speed duel between Flashback and Goldencents in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes last out. His only defeat was a runner-up finish in a stakes sprint as three-quarters of a mile in January.

In a race that seems to have quite a bit of pace, Goldencents will no doubt be joining Flashback on the lead again, but just how fast they go remains to be seen. A bay son of Into Mischief trained by reigning Kentucky Derby- and Santa Anita Derby-winning conditioner Doug O'Neill, Goldencents won the Delta Jackpot Stakes on a bullring-style track before coming back home to win the Sham Stakes and then faltering in the San Felipe.

In a field of nine, there are plenty of other interesting horses: a pair of Cal-breds in Storm Fighter, who will have the expert services of Gary Stevens in the irons, and former claimer Tiz a Minister; as well as Summer Exclusive, entering off a nice debut victory; and Myung Kown Cho homebred and longshot Dirty Swagg.

Selections:

Power Broker

Hear the Ghost

Super Ninety Nine

Flashback 

$750,000 Santa Anita Derby

Santa Anita Park, Saturday, Race 9 7 p.m. ET

3-year-olds, 1 1/8 Miles

PP

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

ML Odds

1

Flashback (KY)

G Gomez

B Baffert

9-5

2

Hear the Ghost (KY)

C Nakatani

J Hollendorfer

5-2

3

Power Broker (KY)

R Bejarano

B Baffert

5-1

4

Tiz A Minister (CA)

J Talamo

P Aguirre

6-1

5

Goldencents (KY)

K Krigger

D O'Neill

6-1

6

Super Ninety Nine (KY)

M Garcia

B Baffert

6-1

7

Summer Exclusive (FL)

E Maldonado

P Miller

20-1

8

Storm Fighter (CA)

G Stevens

B Headley

20-1

9

Dirty Swagg (KY)

T Baze

M K Cho

50-1

All carry 122 pounds

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Molly Jo Rosen

Growing up halfway between Hollywood Park and Del Mar, Molly Jo Rosen spent more time at the "horse beach" than the sandy ones. One ride on a pony named Coco at 18 months old had her hooked, and she spent 15 years as a showjumper before a routine birthday trip to Del Mar came with the realization that racing was the life she wanted.

Since then, Molly Jo has traveled across the country working on the best backstretches, frontstretches and farms in the industry. She has held positions with TVG, Churchill Downs, Three Chimneys Farm, and Puglisi Racing, among others.

Now managing member of the Post Parade Racing ownership group, Molly Jo also runs 2yoSales.com (providing data to leading trainers on the juvenile sales), co-hosts the popular podcast Post Parade with The Filly and The Clocker, and can be heard Sundays on "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 am.

Molly Jo serves her blend of pony punditry at FocusedFilly.com.

Image Description

Molly Jo Rosen

Growing up halfway between Hollywood Park and Del Mar, Molly Jo Rosen spent more time at the "horse beach" than the sandy ones. One ride on a pony named Coco at 18 months old had her hooked, and she spent 15 years as a showjumper before a routine birthday trip to Del Mar came with the realization that racing was the life she wanted.

Since then, Molly Jo has traveled across the country working on the best backstretches, frontstretches and farms in the industry. She has held positions with TVG, Churchill Downs, Three Chimneys Farm, and Puglisi Racing, among others.

Now managing member of the Post Parade Racing ownership group, Molly Jo also runs 2yoSales.com (providing data to leading trainers on the juvenile sales), co-hosts the popular podcast Post Parade with The Filly and The Clocker, and can be heard Sundays on "The Fast Track" on Fox Sports 1340 am.

Molly Jo serves her blend of pony punditry at FocusedFilly.com.

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