Dinard captures Santa Anita Derby

ARCADIA, CALIF. — ARCADIA, Calif. -- Dinard rallied in the stretch to win th $500,000 Santa Anita Derby by a half-length over Best Pal yesterday and establish himself as a leading contender for next month's Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Chris McCarron, who got his first Santa Anita Derby victory, Dinard covered 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1 minute, 48 seconds and, as the second betting choice of the crowd of about 46,000, paid $6.40, $3.40 and 2.60.


The winning time was one second off the stakes record set by Lucky Debonair in 1965 and equaled by Sham in 1973.

The victory was the fourth in five career starts for Dinard, a son of Strawberry Road, and was worth $275,000, raising the gelding's career earnings to $452,750.


McCarron had chosen to ride Dinard over Sea Cadet, who finished third in the Santa Anita Derby, 1 3/4 lengths behind Best Pal.

Gotham Stakes

NEW YORK -- Kyle's Our Man led from wire-to-wire and won at Aqueduct, apparently --ing the Kentucky Derby hopes of the favored Stately Wager.

Kyle's Our Man took the lead at the outset and slowly stretched JTC it out to four lengths at the wire. King Mutesa was second, and Another View finished third in the field of eight 3-year-olds.

Preview Stakes

HALLANDALE, Fla. -- Cahill Road hit a pothole in the road to the Kentucky Derby, finishing third to outsider Shoot To Kill at Gulfstream Park.

Cahill Road, the 1-5 favorite who was seeking a fourth straight victory in his stakes debut, was last for most of the 1 1/16 miles.

Craig Perret, Cahill Road's jockey who rode the colt's full brother, Unbridled, to victory in the Kentucky Derby last year, was booed by the crowd.