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Broker powers up for Santa Anita Derby

  • Power Broker will be making his first start since the BC Juvenile (Benoit Photos)

Power Broker, one of three likely starters for Bob Baffert in Saturday's Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, worked four furlongs in company Sunday morning in :47 2/5 for the West Coast's major stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby on May 4.

Martin Garcia was aboard the Pulpit colt, who tied for the fourth-fastest work at the distance on Santa Anita's fast main track. Workmate Bank the Eight was clocked in :47 4/5.

The Santa Anita Derby will be Power Broker's first race since the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November 3, in which the Gary and Mary West colorbearer finished fifth behind eventual champion two-year-old Shanghai Bobby.

"The workout was very nice," Baffert said. "I got him going out (five furlongs) in :59 4/5.

"He hasn't lost any of his conditioning, because he really hasn't been away," the Hall of Famer noted. "He's just been away from the action, but he has a really good foundation on him. The Breeders' Cup race was a disaster. I gave Bejarano bad instructions."

That could change come Saturday, since Bejarano is again named to ride the chestnut colt he has ridden in each of his five starts, breaking his maiden in the Grade 1 FrontRunner last September 29 before disappointing as the 2-1 second choice in the Juvenile.

One of Baffert's other Santa Anita Derby contenders, favored Flashback, is scheduled to work Monday. Also owned by the Wests, Flashback suffered his first defeat when he finished second as the even-money favorite in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 9.

Super Ninety Nine, winner of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on a sloppy Oaklawn Park surface February 18, is the third probable Baffert entrant, hoping to rebound from a fifth-place finish as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes on March 16.

Baffert has won the Santa Anita Derby six times, most recently with Midnight Interlude in 2011. Nine Santa Anita Derby winners have gone on to win the Run for the Roses, including I'll Have Another last year.

Here are the probables for the Santa Anita Derby, listed with their riders: Flashback, Garrett Gomez; Hear the Ghost, Corey Nakatani; Goldencents, Kevin Krigger; Super Ninety Nine, Garcia; Power Broker, Bejarano; Tiz a Minister, Joe Talamo; Storm Fighter, Gary Stevens; and Dirty Swagg, Tyler Baze.