Saturday, April 9, 2011

The other Baffert horse

ARCADIA, Calif. - The road to the Kentucky Derby, which took several unforeseen detours on Saturday, had one final surprising turn at Santa Anita when Midnight Interlude, who was coming off a victory against maidens, outran eight other rivals to capture the Grade 1, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and earn a trip four weeks hence to Churchill Downs.
Midnight Interlude ($29.80) got up in the final stride to nail Comma to the Top, who led every step but the one that mattered most, and prevail by a head. Mr. Commons, who loomed dangerously along the rail at the top of the stretch, finished third, another 2 1/4 lengths behind.

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