Favorites Have Final Workouts For $200,000 El Camino Real Derby

Favorites Have Final Workouts For $200,000 El Camino Real Derby

    Comma to the Top and Positive Response, the two favorites for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, both had their final workouts for the race Sunday.  

     The Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s most important race for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, will be run Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Entries for the
1 1/8-mile race will be taken Wednesday morning.

    Comma to the Top worked five furlongs at his home track, Hollywood Park, in :59 2/5 handily.  The work was easily the best of 29 at the distance.

     Comma to the Top, fourth in the Daily Racing Form’s national rankings of
3-year-olds, has won six of his 10 career starts.  Trained by Peter Miller, Comma to the Top captured the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in his final start of 2010.
Jockey Corey Nakatani will ride Comma to the Top in the El Camino Real Derby.

     Positive Response, with jockey Julien Couton in the saddle, drilled five furlongs at Golden Gate Fields in :59 4/5 handily.  Sixty-six horses worked five furlongs at Golden Gate Fields and Positive Response’s clocking was tops.

     “He worked super,” said William E. Morey, trainer of Positive Response.  “It couldn’t have been better.”

     Positive Response established himself as Northern California’s leading 3-year-old with an impressive score under Couton in the California Derby.  Couton is 2-for-2 with the gelding – they also captured the Gold Rush Stakes – and he’ll back in the irons Saturday.

     The filly Lilacs and Lace, who is considered a possible starter in the El Camino Real Derby, worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 handily at Golden Gate Fields.  If she starts, Lilacs and Lace would be only the third filly to run in the El Camino Real Derby.  Fillies are 0-for-2 in the feature as Cara Rafaela ran fourth as the favorite in the 1996 El Camino Real Derby and Wildwood Flower finished fourth in the stakes in 2004.