ARCADIA, Calif. -- Jenine Sahadi became the first female trainer to win the Santa Anita Derby when The Deputy outdueled War Chant in the stretch Saturday.
Sahadi now will try to become the first female trainer to win a Kentucky Derby when the Irish-bred colt runs in America's race on May 6.
The Deputy, ridden by Chris McCarron, finished one length ahead of War Chant, who was two lengths ahead of Captain Steve. Anees finished another three lengths behind and was followed by the filly Surfside and Cocky.
Captain Steve is trained by Bob Baffert, who was trying to win the race for the third straight time and fourth time in five years.
Surfside, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was attempting to become the fourth filly to win the stakes and the first since the Lukas-trained Winning Colors did it in 1988.
The Deputy covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:49 for his third victory in four starts in this country, all of them this year. Last year, the colt won one of five starts with a second and three thirds in grass races in England.
The Deputy, owned by Gary Barber and Team Valor, a syndicate headed by Barry Irwin, earned $600,000 from a purse of $1 million.
The winner paid $6.80, $3.40 and $2.60. War Chant returned $3.40 and $2.80, and Captain Steve, ridden by Robbie Albarado, paid $3.