A 10-horse field, including three 3-year-olds trained by Bob Baffert, were entered for Saturday's $750,000, grade I Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles.
Baffert said his three starters--Domestic Dispute, Kafwain, and Indian Express--"all drew decently. We will need a lot of racing luck with all of them." Baffert said the outside post should suit Domestic Dispute's running style because he likes to "be in the clear." Baffert said "we need to let him run earlier."
With Pat Valenzuela, whom Baffert called "racing's hottest rider right now," getting the call on Kafwain, the trainer said it is hoped the colt will improve on his runner-up effort in the Louisiana Derby. "We are trying to figure the horse out," Baffert said. "He needs a different style of running than he showed in Louisiana Derby and hopefully a different rider will help that. Maybe he can find something extra. We are going to need something extra. Kafwain has a great mind, runs hard every time and always gives you a little extra."
Of Indian Express' chances in the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, Baffert said, "We are taking the 'shock and awe' approach with him. We will need a lot of racing luck with all of them."
Trainer Bob Hess Jr. said undefeated Ocean Terrace has had two solid works since his victory in the El Camino Real Derby. "In his last race he was flipping his ears when they came to him in the stretch and he was playing cat and mouse with them."
Trainer Ron Ellis said San Felipe Stakes runner-up Atswhatimtalknbout continues to improve with each race. "He's coming around with every race," Ellis said. "We used to have to school him every day for a week going into an allowance race. He has really improved and we only had to school him once for this race. The pressure (of having to top 3-year-old) is starting to build in an hurry. I am not letting it hit me just yet. Right now it still seems like a dream that we have gotten him this far, this quickly without any setbacks."
The field for the Santa Anita Derby, which will be shown on ESPN at 2:45 p.m. PST, in post position order, with jockeys and morning-line odds:
1--Ocean Terrace, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1
2--Indian Express, Tyler Baze, 30-1
3--Iron Lad, Mark Johnston, 50-1
4--Buddy Gil, Gary Stevens, 5-2
5--Ministers Wild Cat, Victor Espinoza, 10-1
6--Atswhatimtalknbout, David Flores, 9-5
7--Flirt with Fortune, Martin Pedroza, 30-1
8--Kafwain, Pat Valenzuela, 4-1
9--Logician, Jose Valdivia, 15-1
10--Domestic Dispute, Corey Nakatani 15-1