In the 75th running of the Santa Anita Derby, I'll Have Another took home the $750,000 purse, beating out what many had handicapped, Creative Cause, a Kentucky Derby contender, by a short nose. It was the fifth nose win in Santa Anita Derby history, and the first since 1985.
The mile-and-1/8 race was stocked with early speed. Favorite Creative Cause was quick from the inside gate but BlueSkiesNRainbows took an early lead and led by two lengths on the back stretch. Creative Cause came up the rail on the final turn and then burst down the home stretch with I'll Have Another challenging from the outside. I'll Have Another was running second and third coming around the turn and was passed by Creative Cause as they approached BlueSkiesNRainbows.
I'll Have Another put in a tremendous run down the stretch with Mario Guiterrez aboard. The fantastic duel at the line was a photo finish, with I'll Have Another in front by a nose on the outside.
Creative Cause was the odds-on favorite to win the Santa Anita, but he ran without blinkers on and perhaps got distracted, as he was erratic down the stretch.
Below are the payouts:
4-I'll Have Another $10.20 $4.20 $3.60
1-Creative Cause $2.60 $2.40
$1.00 Exacta $10.60
$1.00 Trifecta $250.20
$0.10 Superfecta $186.95
$2.00 Double $137.20
$1.00 Pick 3 $1,027.10
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