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El Camino Real Derby Winner Is 7-to-2 In Santa Anita Derby
Silver Medallion, winner of the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, is the
7-to-2 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby.
The Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby is one of three major Kentucky Derby prep races that will be simulcast to Golden Gate Fields. The other two are the Grade 1 $1 million Wood Memorial (featuring undefeated Uncle Mo) at Aqueduct and the Grade 3 $300,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. All three races are 1 1/8-mile events.
The simulcasts will supplement a 10-race live program at Golden Gate Fields that begins at a special early post time of 12:15 p.m. Santa Anita will kick off its 11-race card at noon.
Silver Medallion rallied from fourth in a field of six to win the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby by 1 1/4 lengths over Jakesam. A Kentucky-bred son of Badge of Silver, Silver Medallion has three wins and a second in six career starts and $212,904 in earnings.
Silver Medallion, with his victory in the El Camino Real Derby, will earn a $5.5 million bonus if he wins the Santa Anita Derby and then goes on to win the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21. The “Preakness 5.5” bonus is offered by MI Developments, the owner of Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Pimlico.
Silver Medallion, trained by Steve Asmussen, will break from post position four in a field of 10 and be ridden by Garrett Gomez.
Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Saturday will enjoy the Wiener Nationals, a popular event in which Dachshund races are presented between the thoroughbred races. The winning wieners from the 30-yard preliminary heats will meet in a championship final at the same distance. The winner of each preliminary heat will win $50. The winner of the championship heat will win $300, the second-place finisher $200, and the third-place finisher $100.