Pioneerof the Nile wins Santa Anita Derby

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Pioneerof the Nile won the Santa Anita Derby, holding off Chocolate Candy by one length.

Saturday’s victory sends Pioneerof the Nile into next month’s Kentucky Derby for trainer Bob Baffert, a three-time Derby winner who hasn’t had a starter in the Run for the Roses since 2006.

Pioneerof the Nile ran 1 1-8 miles on the artificial surface in 1:49.17. He was sent off as the 4-5 wagering favorite after main rival The Pamplemousse was scratched because of a soft tissue injury in one of his legs.

Chocolate Candy was second, followed by Mr. Hot Stuff and Take the Points.

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