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    2024 Santa Anita Derby odds, horses, field: Racing insider offers best bets for Saturday's race

    SportsLine racing analyst Michelle Yu offers her best bets for the Kentucky Derby prep race at her home track, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
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    Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will attempt to add to his record for wins by a trainer when he sends out two horses in the 2024 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The 71-year-old Baffert has won the Santa Anita Derby nine times. On Saturday, he will go for No. 10 with the favored Imagination and longshot Wynstock. Imagination is the 8-5 favorite in the 2024 Santa Anita Derby odds, while Wynstock is 8-1. Practical Move won last year's Santa Anita Derby as the 8-5 favorite.

    Post time is set for 7:45 p.m. ET. With several lightly raced 3-year-olds set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what Santa Anita-based racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any Santa Anita Derby picks. Join SportsLine here to see whom she's picking.

    Few people in racing are as well-connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders' Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

    Yu also has tremendous handicapping chops. In a wide-open Kentucky Derby in 2021, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager two years ago, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.

    Last year she crushed the Saudi Cup, riding 15-1 winner Panthalassa, nailed Derma Sotogake to win the UAE Derby and hit the exacta in the Santa Anita Derby. She hit the exacta in the Preakness Stakes and Hollywood Gold Cup and had both the winner and exacta in the Summertime Oaks and the Prince of Wales's Stakes. She also smashed the Haskell Stakes for a $663 score, hitting 12-1 winner Geaux Rocket Ride as well as the exacta. In January, she correctly called National Treasure to win the Pegasus World Cup.

    For Saturday, Yu has handicapped the 2024 Santa Anita Derby horses, made her picks and constructed her bets. Join SportsLine here to see them.

    One surprise: Yu's top pick is not Imagination even though he is the 8-5 favorite! "I don't like that he always seems to keep things tight at the wire," Yu told SportsLine. 

    Moreover, Yu's top pick is a "consistent performer." She's also high on a longshot who is a "speedy sort." She is including these horses in her 2024 Santa Anita Derby bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own.

    So who wins the 2024 Santa Anita Derby? And how has Yu constructed her wagers? ... Join SportsLine right now to get Michelle Yu's 2024 Santa Anita Derby picks and horse-by-horse analysis, all from the Santa Anita-based insider who NAILED last year's exacta!

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    SportsLine Staff

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