2011 EL Camino Real Derby Winner At GGF Will Be On Path To Earn $5.5 Millions Bonus

2011 EL Camino Real Derby Winner At GGF Will Be On Path To Earn $5.5 Millions Bonus

 

The owners and trainer of the 3-year-old that wins the 2011 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields will have achieved the first step toward earning a bonus of $5.5 million.

     The El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s premier steppingstone to the Triple Crown events, is part of the new “Preakness 5.5” bonus program created by Golden Gate Fields’ parent company, MI Developments Inc., which also owns Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course.

     Announced Friday by MID, the Preakness 5.5 will reward the winner of the Preakness Stakes with a bonus -- $5 million for the owners, $500,000 for the trainer – as long as the horse won a series of Triple Crown preps run at MID tracks.

     The El Camino Real Derby is scheduled to be run Feb. 12, 2011.  The winner of the race will earn the Preakness 5.5 bonus if it goes on to capture the Santa Anita Derby (to be run either April 2 or April 9) and the Preakness Stakes (May 21). 

     “We’re very excited the El Camino Real Derby is part of the Preakness 5.5,” said Robert Hartman, general manager of Golden Gate Fields.  “The incentive to run in the El Camino Real Derby will be bigger than ever and that should translate to a large and talented field, and ultimately, an outstanding race.”