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Sent off as the 11-5 second choice, Eric and Sharon Waller’s STRONGHOLD (c, 3, Ghostzapper–Spectator, by Jimmy Creed) outbattled even-money favorite Imagination (Into Mischief) through the final eighth of a mile to take Saturday’s GI Santa Anita Derby, earning 100 points towards the GI Kentucky Derby. The last-out winner of the GIII Sunland Derby, the homebred was beaten for speed and settled just off the pace in fourth as Tapalo (Tapiture) made the running at the rail in advance Imagination and E J Won the Cup (Omaha Beach) wider out. Content to allow those up front to do the dirty work as they went a good gallop, Stronghold was held together on the turn by Antonio Fresu, who went for his mount in earnest at the quarter pole and split horses in upper stretch. As E J Won the Cup and Tapalo began to back out of it, Imagination and Stronghold were left to settle it, and though neither gave an inch, Stronghold surged by in the shadow of the wire. Lifetime Record: 6-3-3-0. O/B-Rick & Sharon Waller (KY); T-Phil d’Amato.

 

#3 STRONGHOLD ($6.40) holds strong, getting the best of favored Imagination on the wire to win the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1)!

The Eric and Sharon Waller homebred was ridden by @Antonio1Fresu for trainer @PhilDamato11. Congratulations to the connections! pic.twitter.com/P8YzIqeQ75

— TVG (@TVG) April 6, 2024

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