El Camino Real Derby Notes

El Camino Real Derby Notes

Golden Gate Fields will present the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby Saturday.  Below are notes regarding the Grade 3 feature.

2011 El Camino Real Derby Winner Will Be On Path To Earn $5.5 Million Bonus
     The owners and trainer of the 3-year-old that wins the 2011 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday will have achieved the first step toward earning a bonus of $5.5 million.

     The El Camino Real Derby is part of the new “Preakness 5.5” bonus program created by Golden Gate Fields’ parent company, MI Developments Inc. (MID), which also owns Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park, and Pimlico Race Course.

     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 winner will earn the “Preakness 5.5” bonus if it goes on to capture the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 and the Preakness Stakes on May 21.  

El Camino Real Derby Leads To The Triple Crown Events
     The El Camino Real Derby is Northern California’s premier steppingstone to the Triple Crown events.  

     In 29 runnings (1982-2010) the El Camino Real Derby has produced a Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year (Charismatic-1999), two Kentucky Derby runners-up (Cavonnier-1996 and Casual Lies-1992), five Preakness Stakes winners (Charismatic-1999, Tabasco Cat-1994, Snow Chief-1986, Tank’s Prospect-1985, and Gate Dancer-1984), a Belmont Stakes winner (Tabasco Cat-1994), and a Belmont Stakes runner-up (Ten Most Wanted-2003).

     El Camino Real Derby graduates have made it to Triple Crown races four of the past five years.  Chocolate Candy, the 2009 El Camino Real Derby winner, ran fifth in the Kentucky Derby.  Tres Borrachos, the third-place finisher in the 2008 El Camino Real Derby, ran ninth in the Preakness Stakes.  Bwana Bull, the 2007 El Camino Real Derby victor, ran 15th in the Kentucky Derby.  Cause to Believe, the 2006 El Camino Real Derby winner, finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

Favorites Are 11-for-29 In El Camino Real Derby
     The betting favorite has won 11 of the 29 runnings of the El Camino Real Derby, including the last two editions.  Connemara ($4.60) scored as a 6-to-5 choice last year and Chocolate Candy ($3.00) delivered as a 1-to-2 favorite in 2009.  

     The lowest win payoff in the history of the El Camino Real Derby is $2.60, which Event of the Year returned in 1998.  Event of the Year was the top gun in a three-horse entry that went off at odds of .30-to-1.

62-to-1 Shocker By Autism Awareness Ranks As Top Surprise In El Camino Real Derby
    Autism Awareness, a horse named to bring attention to the developmental disorder that affects children, drew attention to himself and his cause when he won the 2008 El Camino Real Derby at odds of 62-to-1 – the biggest upset in the history of the stakes. Autism Awareness paid $126.00.

Comma To The Top Will Be Third Grade 1 Winner To Run In El Camino Real Derby
     Comma to the Top, winner of the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, is the third horse to enter the El Camino Real Derby as a Grade 1 stakes winner.  The first was Snow Chief, who won the Hollywood Futurity in 1985 and the El Camino Real Derby in 1986.  The second was the filly Cara Rafaela, who won the Hollywood Starlet in 1995 and ran fourth as the 1-to-2 favorite in the 1996 El Camino Real Derby.

Baze, Hollendorfer Own Multiple Victories In El Camino Real Derby
     The two most prolific horsemen in the 29-year history of the El Camino Real Derby are jockey Russell Baze and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

     Baze has won the El Camino Real Derby seven times, including five of the past six years.  Baze scored his victories with Connemara (2010), Chocolate Candy (2009), Bwana Bull (2007), Cause to Believe (2006), Uncle Denny (2005), Event of the Year (1998), and French Legionaire (1984).

     Baze will ride Silver Medallion for trainer Steve Asmussen in Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby.

     Hollendorfer has trained five El Camino Real Derby winners – Chocolate Candy,
Bwana Bull, Cause to Believe, Yougottawanna and Event of the Year.  

    “The Dorf” will seek another El Camino Real Derby win Saturday when he saddles Jakesam.