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Scarlet Strike faces five in Santa Ysabel

  • Scarlet Strike (Benoit Photos)

The Grade 3, $100,000 Santa Ysabel will get the stakes action underway at Santa Anita on Saturday when a six-filly field breaks from the gate. Scarlet Strike has yet to visit the winner's circle since taking her maiden at Del Mar going a mile last September, but the Jerry Hollendorfer pupil has been close.

Just last out, the Smart Strike filly missed by only a nose while making her turf bow in the Blue Norther, and she also ran second in the Grade 1 Chandelier on Santa Anita's dirt. The multi-talented lass has had Joe Talamo aboard ever since the Chandelier and keeps him in the saddle for this one.

Switch to the Lead is wheeling back off only five days rest, having just run fourth in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez on Monday. The Patrick Biancone trainee will be getting blinkers added this time around, and the Songandaprayer miss will retain the services of Julian Leparoux on the quick turnaround.

Branding, a bay daughter of Street Sense, will be making her stakes bow in the Santa Ysabel, while the remaining entrants -- Escape Act, Fiftyshadesofhay and Heir Kitty -- were part of the blanket finish in the Blue Norther.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.