03/31/2004 1:00AM

Field of seven for SA Derby


Bob Baffert's Louisiana Derby winner Wimbledon will lead a field of seven 3-year-olds who have been entered for Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby to be run at 1 1/8 miles. Wimbledon drew post No. 3 and has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite with jockey Javier Santiago aboard.

Rock Hard Ten, who will be making his stakes debut for trainer Jason Orman, is listed as the 3-1 second-choice in the odds. Rock Hard Ten drew the six-hole and will be ridden by David Flores.

Other major contenders in the race include San Rafael winner Imperialism with Victor Espinoza (post 1, 7-2 odds), and Santa Catalina winner St Averil with Tyler Baze (post 7, 7-2 odds). The field is completed by Lucky Pulpit, Castledale, and Quintons Gold Rush.

1 IMPERIALISM K. Mulhall V. Espinoza 7-2
2 LUCKY PULPIT C. Sise J. Court12-1
3 WIMBLEDON B. Baffert J. Santiago 5-2
4 CASTLEDALE J. Mullins J. Valdivia 20-1
5 QUINTONS GOLD RUSH M. Mitchell C. Nakatani 5-1
6 ROCK HARD TEN J. Orman D. Flores 3-1
7 ST AVERIL R. Becerra T. Baze 7-2