Sallberg, Moreno capture victories in 22nd running of Santa Anita Derby Day 5K
Moreno beats last year's time by six seconds to defend her women's title
ARCADIA, April 9, 2016 - Santa Anita Park's biggest annual day of race began with a bang as a big crowd gathered early for the 22nd running of the Santa Anita Derby 5K.
Less than 16 minutes after running through a thoroughbred starting gate, Jacques Sallberg claimed the first title of the day. Sallberg, who races with the Run With Us running club, broke away from Mark Batres to become the Derby Day 5K men's champion with a time of 15 minutes, 49 seconds. Batres kept is close and finished in 15:58. In third was Ruben Ramirez, with a time of 16:26.
On one of the most scenic 5K courses in the Los Angeles area, Lenore Moreno successfully defended her women's title. A 25-year-old from West Covina who, like men's champion Jacques Sallberg represents the Run With Us running club, Moreno bettered her winning time from last year by six seconds to win in 17:11. And, she needed to run fast to defend her crown. Finishing second was Mary Akor in 17:34. In third was Camille Rivera in 18:56.
Among the day's other champions was Ontoniel Quinteros. He cliamed the Santa Anita Horsemen's title in impressive fashion, running 17:46 to win going away. Zachary Wortham won the Homestretch Dash by a second, holding off Jacob Cabrera. Ellie Mejia won the female 10-12 title as well as the overall title in the Kids' 6-Furlong Race.
After a rousing National Anthem (top right) Jacques Sallberg breaks the finish line to win the 22nd annual Santa Anita Derby 5K in 15:49 (left photo). The Kids runs (lower left photo) featured some outstanding performances, including a 6-furlong time of 6:16 by Ellie Mejia that was the fastest of the day. In the lower right photo, Yali Chen (1873) shares a post-race smile with two friends.
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ARCADIA, April 4, 2015 - With 2014 Kentucky Derby winning jockey Victor Espinoza racing the leaders in the homestretch, the 2015 Santa Anita Derby Day 5K came home in record fashion.
Nearly 8,000 gathered at Santa Anita for the 21st running of this Southern California road racing classic. That easily bettered the former record of 5,500 runners and walkers for the race.
"This was a great event," said race director Kathy Kinane of Kinane Events. "We're excited so many people came out to enjoy the day at Santa Anita."
For many in the festive crowd that meant staying at the track to watch a full day of thoroughbred racing leading up to the $1 million Grade I Santa Anita Derby, a key stepping stone to the Kentucky Derby, which was won last year by Espinoza aboard California Chrome.
On this race morning, Espinoza was racing slightly less speedy competitors. He raced alongside Derby Day 5K champion Jake Klim along the homestretch.
Klim, 34, from North Bethesda, Maryland, won in 15 minutes, 41 seconds on one of the most scenic 5K courses in the Los Angeles area.
The women's 5K title went to Lenore Moreno. A 24-year-old from West Covina who races with the Run With Us running club, Morena claimed her title with a time of 17:17.
And, jockey Edwin Maldonado claimed the Santa Anita Horsemen's title.
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