Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

LIFE IS GOOD AT SANTA ANITA PARK

San Felipe Stakes winner looks ahead to Kentucky Derby; Idol finishes strong in Big ‘Cap

- — Art Wilson

ARCADIA » Life Is Good stamped himself as a strong Kentucky Derby contender by winning the San Felipe Stakes in a runaway, and Idol came charging home fast to win the 84th running of the Big ‘Cap on a big afternoon of stakes action Saturday at Santa Anita Park.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Life Is Good won by eight lengths while running the 11⁄16 miles in a swift 1:42.18 over a main track that has not been producing fast times. Baffert is looking for his record seventh Kentucky Derby victory.

Jockey Joel Rosario scored his third consecutiv­e Santa Anita Handicap victory aboard Idol, while the colt gave 59-year-old trainer Richard Baltas his first Big ‘Cap win. Idol closed strongly on the far outside to get up and beat Express Train by a halflength in the final yards.

 ?? KEITH BIRMINGHAM — STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER ?? Jockey Mike Smith, middle, riding Life is Good, wins the Grade II San Felipe Stakes during a big day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday. The win marks Life Is Good as a strong contender for the Kentucky Derby in May.
KEITH BIRMINGHAM — STAFF PHOTOGRAPH­ER Jockey Mike Smith, middle, riding Life is Good, wins the Grade II San Felipe Stakes during a big day of horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia on Saturday. The win marks Life Is Good as a strong contender for the Kentucky Derby in May.

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