Buzzards Bay scored a stunning upset in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, giving trainer Jeff Mullins his third consecutive victory in the West Coast's major prep for the Kentucky Derby.
Buzzards Bay, a 30-1 shot, ran near the lead in the 11-horse field before going to the front at the top of the stretch and winning by a half-length. He covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.18 under Mark Guidry.
The winner paid $62.20, $21.80 and $10.80 while further muddling the picture for next month's Kentucky Derby.
Sweet Catomine's hopes of beating the boys were dashed with a fifth-place finish. Last year's champion filly and winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies went off as the 4-5 favorite.
General John B, a 60-1 shot, finished second, triggering an exacta payoff of $751.40. Wilko, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, was third.
Mullins won the Santa Anita Derby last year with Castledale and in 2003 with Buddy Gil. Castledale paid $62 to win, sixth highest in the race's 68-year history.