WELL-MATCHED BUNCH SET FOR OAK TREE DERBY
Some of the top sophomores on the grounds will nine panels on the Santa Anita turf in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby (G2). Grade 1 winner Midnight Interlude was a close second in the Del Mar Derby (G2) in his latest endeavor and looms large in this one for trainer Bob Baffert. The talented son of War Chant has good tactical speed and a nice turn of foot, and would be tough here if he goes in this one.
Great Warrior took to the dirt in the Pomona Derby last time for A C Avila, but has shown promise on the lawn and looms a danger in this one. Cloud Man, a close fourth in the Del Mar Derby, seems poised to break out with a graded win soon for conditioner John Shirreffs. Akkadian, recent stakes winner Cozy Kitten and Swaps S. (G2) hero Dreamy Kid should add to the depth of this field.
Sunday plays host to the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. S. (G3) at one mile on the turf.