Racing News

Dice Flavor Rallies To Win El Camino Real Derby

     Dice Flavor, making his stakes debut and his first start on a surface other than turf, rallied from eighth in a field of nine to win the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby by 3 3/4 lengths Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Dice Flavor charged through an opening in midstretch and went on to win the 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds in 1:51.45 on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.  Dismissed at odds of 9-1, Dice Flavor paid $21.00.

Manando 9-5 Favorite In $200,000 El Camino Real Derby

     Manando, a $300,000 colt from the Bob Baffert barn, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Entrants In El Camino Real Derby Have Interesting Credentials

     Nine 3-year-olds will meet Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep.  The entrants bring varied credentials into the 1 1/8-mile contest, which will be run at 4:40 p.m. and broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.  

     Following are notes on the horses in the El Camino Real Derby field, listed in the order in which they are ranked on the morning line.  

California Derby Champ Zeewat Among Nine Entered In El Camino Real Derby

     California Derby champion Zeewat will face eight rivals, including a pair of runners trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Apprentice Delgadillo Rides First Winner

     Apprentice Jose Delgadillo, riding in his 39th race, recorded the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he guided even-money favorite Seeking the Stitch to an off-the-pace score in the fifth race.

     “It’s a feeling you can’t describe,” said Delgadillo of winning his first race.  “When I passed the wire it was, ‘whew, I finally got it.’  It feels great.”

Redressthebalance Scores 10-1 Upset In California Oaks

     Irish-bred Redressthebalance made her first U.S. victory a memorable one when she rallied from sixth in a field 10 to win the $53,550 California Oaks by a half-length under jubilant jockey Christian Santiago Reyes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Marks Mine Lukewarm 7-2 Favorite In Wide Open California Oaks

     The speedy Marks Mine is a lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite in the $50,000-added California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies that attracted a well-matched field of 11.

     Golden Gate Fields is presenting the Oaks as the seventh race on Saturday’s nine-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Oaks is 3:50 p.m.  

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area Will Televise El Camino Real Derby Live From Golden Gate Fields

     Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will present comprehensive on-site coverage of the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep, live from Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4-5 p.m. PT.  

     The network’ s one-hour coverage will feature in-depth race preview and analysis, interviews with participants, and retrospectives of the Bay Area’s historic racing legacy.  The broadcast will culminate with the 32nd running of the El Camino Real Derby.

Marks Mine Among 11 Fillies Entered In California Oaks

     Marks Mine, who led for most of the way in the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 26, is among the 11 fillies entered in Saturday’s $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies, is the seventh race on a nine-race card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m.  First post is 12:45 p.m.

Baze Completes Super Weekend With Another Hat Trick

     Jockey Russell Baze had a super Super Bowl weekend at Golden Gate Fields.

     Baze won two races Friday, recorded a riding triple Saturday, and finished up with another hat trick Sunday.

     Baze scored with his first three mounts Sunday.  The Hall of Famer won the first race with Duke of Doom ($9.60), the third with Catrageous ($4.60), and the fourth with Wunderbar ($3.00).