The ‘Derby,’ which will be run at 1 1.16 mile, attracted a field of nine and will be run as the seventh race on the eight-race card.. The Oaks, which also drew the same size field, will be run at one mile and will go as the fifth race. Post time will be 12:55 pm.
A one-horse race the Derby is not. But it’s Santa Anita shipper Mr Larson’s race to lose. Mr. Larson is the only two-time winner among the entrants.
The Doug O’Neill-trained Mr. Larson has been facing tougher company in the southern California circuit. O’Neill, who won this race in 2013 with Persuasive Paul, has the son of Tiznow, a $110,000 Fasig Tipton yearling purchase, well spotted to enhance his credentials.
Trainer Dan McFarlane, a two time Derby winner, last year and 2013, has four entered. Of the four, Factored In and He's’ Munnie appear to have the best chance.
The Oaks is a more wide-open affair, although Galactic Princess, winner of three of four efforts, will certainly invite attention after her impressive victory in the Arizona Juvenile Stakes. She won that effort in a very mature fashion, considering she was then just a 2-year-old
Peach Pike was noteworthy in winning her maiden debut by nearly five lengths Jan. 17. And McKenzie Honey, winner of three of seven efforts including two stakes, returns after a two-month refresher.