Daddy Nose Best, Lucky Chappy Exit El Camino Real Derby Well

Daddy Nose Best, Lucky Chappy Exit El Camino Real Derby Well

     Daddy Nose Best and Lucky Chappy, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s $201,300 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, both came out of their thrilling stretch battle in good order.

     Daddy Nose Best defeated Lucky Chappy by a nose, the closest finish in the 31-year history of the El Camino Real Derby.   Daddy Nose Best is trained by Midwest-based Steve Asmussen, who won Northern California’s major Kentucky Derby prep for the second straight year.  Asmussen won the 2011 El Camino Real Derby with Silver Medallion.

     Darren Fleming, an assistant to Asmussen, saddled Daddy Nose Best at Golden Gate Fields and reported the Kentucky-bred colt was doing well Sunday morning.

     “He came out of the race really good,” said Fleming of Daddy Nose Best, a $35,000 yearling purchase who earned $120,000 for owners Bob and Cathy Zollars with his El Camino Derby victory.  “It was a great race.  Steve and Bob will get together and discuss his next race.”

        Lucky Chappy, trained by Graham Motion, traveled from Florida to contest the El Camino Real Derby.  Motion assistant Alice Claphan took care of the Irish-bred colt at Golden Gate Fields and reported to the Motion camp that all was well with Lucky Chappy Sunday morning.

     “Alice said the horse came out of the race well,” said John Panagot, who serves as Motion’s stable manager.  “It was obviously a tough beat.  He broke a little slow but then made a huge move and tried hard.  We’re very happy with him.  Plus, we got to give him a race on Tapeta (Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic racing surface).”

     Lucky Chappy is being pointed for the $2 million UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 31.  The UAE Derby will be contestd at 9 1/2 furlongs on Meydan’s Tapeta surface.  

     “We’ve nominated him to the UAE Derby and we’re hoping he gets accepted (to run in the race),” said Panagot.

     Presidents’ Day Racing  --  Golden Gate Fields will present a special Presidents’ Day racing program Monday.  Post time for the nine-race program is 12:45 p.m.