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El Camino Real Derby Features Diverse Cast
The field for Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields includes a Grade 1 stakes-winner (Tamarando), an Irish-bred horse that won a Group 3 stakes in his homeland (Craftsman), a colt that won a turf stakes at Santa Anita (Enterprising), a horse that competed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Dance With Fate) and a maiden trained by a Hall of Famer (Icy Ride).
Post time for the 33rd running of the El Camino Real Derby is 4:42 p.m. The Grade 3 feature for 3-year-olds is the eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. and fans attending Golden Gate Fields will receive a free El Camino Real Derby baseball cap.
Eight runners are entered in the 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep. Following is a look at the entrants, listed in order of their rating on the morning line.
Enterprising (the 5-2 morning line favorite): Won the one-mile Eddie Logan Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita…Ran second (beaten a half-length) as the 9-5 favorite in the
1 1/16-mile California Derby on Jan. 18 at GGF while making his first start on a synthetic surface… Races for his breeder, Glen Hill Farm, and is trained by Tom Proctor. Will be ridden by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who came out of retirement in 2013 and enjoyed a banner year, earning $11,910,748 in purses (which ranked him 12th in the nation) and winning 18 graded stakes, including the Preakness with Oxbow and the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Mucho Macho Man.
Tamarando (3-1): California-bred colt went from maiden winner to Grade 1 stakes-winner when he captured the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4…Collected his second stakes victory when he rallied from last to win the 1 1/16-mile Real Quiet Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 23…Has competed in three Grade 1 stakes and finished in the money in all of them…Tops the El Camino Real Derby field in earnings with a bankroll of $505,120…Is owned by his breeders, Larry and Marianne Williams…Is trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has saddled a record five El Camino Real Derby winners…Will be ridden by Hall of Famer Russell Baze, who has won the El Camino Real Derby a record eight times.
Dance With Fate (7-2): Purchased for $120,000 at the 2013 Ocala Breeders’ April Sale, the Florida-bred ranked as one of the West Coast’s top 2-year-olds last year…Son of Two Step Salsa finished second in both the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita…Competed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and finished eighth after being squeezed at the break…Made his 2014 debut Jan. 24 at Santa Anita and powered home to win a one-mile allowance race on the turf by 1 3/4 lengths…Is owned in partnership by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC…Hails from the barn of Peter Eurton and will be ridden by Aaron Gryder, who won the world’s richest horse race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup, with Well Armed in 2009.
Craftsman (8-1): Irish-bred colt will be making his second U.S. start after finishing a disappointing fifth as the 3-2 favorite in the Eddie Logan Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita on Dec. 28… Finished 4 1/4 lengths behind the Eddie Logan winner, Enterprising, a colt he’ll face again in the El Camino Real Derby…Raced for the powerful Aidan O’Brien racing stable in his homeland, where he went 2-for-4 and captured the Group 3 JRA Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown...Joined trainer Simon Callaghan’s stable at Santa Anita in November…Is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and will be ridden by Dennis Carr…Carr has been the second-leading rider at three of the past four meetings at Golden Gate Fields.
Puppy Manners (8-1): Closed well in the California Derby to finish fourth, 2 1/2 lengths behind his victorious stablemate, Exit Stage Left…Kentucky-bred son of Kitten’s Joy didn’t break his maiden until his sixth career start, when he triumphed in a one-mile maiden allowance test on Tapeta on Nov. 10…Returned to sprinting in his subsequent start on Dec. 29 and rallied from last to win a six-furlong allowance dash by 1 1/4 lengths…Was purchased as a yearling for $95,000 and has earned $51,540 in eight trips to the starting gate…Is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in partnership by Hollendorfer, William E. Myers, Jr., and George Todaro…Will be ridden by Frank Alvarado, who became the first Bay Area-based jockey to win a $1 million race when he guided McCann’s Mojave to a 33-1 upset in the 2007 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park…Alvarado won the 2000 El Camino Real Derby with Remember Sheikh.
Infosec (10-1): California-bred colt ran third (beaten two lengths by winner Exit Stage Left) in the California Derby at odds of 25-1…Son of Heatseeker began his career with trainer Bob Baffert and broke his maiden in his second start in a $30,000-$28,000 maiden claiming race at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 15…Was claimed out of the victorious race for $30,000 by trainer Frank Lucarelli for client Remmah Racing Inc…Made a winning debut for his new connections on Dec. 15 when he rallied to win a six-furlong starter allowance race at Golden Gate Fields…Will be ridden by Isaias Enriquez, who teamed with Lucarelli to win a pair of stakes at the 2013 fall meeting – the Oakland with Gallant Son and the Miss America with Stormy Lucy.
I’ll Wrap It Up (10-1): Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit is 1-for-2 racing on synthetic surfaces…Broke his maiden in his fifth career start when he romped home by 3 3/4 lengths in a 1 1/16-mile maiden allowance test on the Cushion Track surface at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 7… Is owned in partnership by Daniel Kramer and Westside Rentals.com…Is conditioned by Doug O’Neill, trainer of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another…Will be ridden by Juan Hernandez, who ranked 25th in the nation in wins in 2013 with 189 victories
Icy Ride (10-1): Kentucky-bred colt will try to break his maiden in the El Camino Real Derby… Son of Candy Ride was purchased as a 2-year-old for $100,000…Is winless in four starts and has finished fourth in his past three races… Is trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Baffert’s wife, Natalie, in partnership with Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller (2010 Vancouver Games, alpine skiing, super combined) and Bernard Schiappa …Will be ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., who guided Dice Flavor ($21.00) to a 9-1 upset victory in last year’s El Camino Real Derby.