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Friday Feature May Lead To El Camino Real Derby
The featured seventh race at Golden Gate Fields Friday could produce a candidate or two for the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The seventh race is a one-mile allowance contest for 3-year-olds. The El Camino Real Derby is a 1 1/8-mile race and is Northern California’s official prep for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The 2-1 morning line favorite in Friday’s main event is Brokered, who shipped in from Southern California to win a one-mile maiden allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 5. Trained by Craig Dollase, Brokered triumphed by 3 1/4 lengths under jockey Dennis Carr, who gets the call again.
The 5-2 second choice is Nina’s Dragon, who is coming off a game victory in a six-furlong maiden allowance dash on Dec. 29. The race was Nina’s Dragon’s first start following a six-month layoff. Nina’s Dragon is trained by Lloyd Mason and will be ridden by Julien Couton.
Rush In, a William E. Morey-trained gelding who has two wins in three starts, is the third choice at 3-1. Hall of Famer Russell Baze will ride Rush In, an easy winner of a one-mile starter allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 6.
Condiment and My Best Bet, the second- and third-place finishers in the one-mile Gold Rush Stakes on Dec. 8, are also back for Friday’s race and are priced at 6-1 and
The field for Friday’s feature, in post position order, is as follows: Brokered, Carr rides, 2-1; Condiment, Kyle Frey, 6-1; Nina’s Dragon, Couton, 5-2; Epic Electorate, Inoel Beato, 20-1; Greeley Awesome, Saul Arias, 8-1; Eldorado Prado, Frank Alvarado, 20-1; Rush In, Baze, 3-1; and My Best Bet, Alejandro Gomez, 12-1. All of the starters will carry 120 pounds.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.