Racing News

Kinsale King Tunes Up For Dubai Title Defense With Smart Victory At Golden Gate Fields

     Kinsale King tuned up for his upcoming title defense in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen by posting an impressive front-running victory at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Kinsale King, trained by Carl O’Callaghan, won the 2010 Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse by a half-length over Rocket Man.  The 6-year-old gelding will try to repeat in the rich six-furlong stakes on March 26 at Meydan.
 

Dubai Sprint Champion Kinsale King Races At Golden Gate Fields Thursday

     Kinsale King, who traveled to Dubai last year to win the $2 million Golden Shaheen, will make his first start of 2011 at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.

     Kinsale King won the six-furlong Golden Shaheen by a half-length over Rocket Man at Meydan Racecourse.  Meydan, like Golden Gate Fields, conducts racing on Tapeta, a synthetic surface, and Kinsale King worked out at Golden Gate Fields in preparation for the Group 1 Golden Shaheen.

El Camino Real Derby Rivals Exit Feature In Good Order

     Silver Medallion came out of his upset victory in Saturday’s Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in good order, according to trainer Steve Asmussen.

     “He came out of it great,” said Asmussen via telephone from his barn at Santa Anita Sunday.  “He loaded onto the van at 10 a.m. and is on his way back home.  I was very pleased with his race.  He’s a very nice horse.”

Silver Medallion Eligible for Historic Preakness 5.5

    Silver Medallion’s victory in the El Camino Real Derby keeps the colt eligible for the “Preakness 5.5” bonus ($5 million for Michael J. Ryan, $500,000 for Steve Asmussen), which Silver Medallion will earn if he goes on to win the Santa Anita Derby on April 9 and the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21.  The “Preakness 5.5” was created by MI Developments Inc., which owns Golden Gate Fields, Santa Anita and Pimlico.

Silver Medallion Gives Baze Another Victory In El Camino Real Derby

     Jockey Russell Baze owns the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby.

     Baze won Northern California’s Triple Crown prep race for the third straight year when he guided Silver Medallion to a 1 1/4-length victory over Jakesam in the $200,000 race for 3-year-olds Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Positive Response finished third.

     Baze has won the El Camino Real Derby six of the past seven years and eight times in the 30-year history of the race.

Silver Medallian, Baze Win the El Camino Real Derby

SILVER MEDALLION WINS EL CAMINO REAL DERBY (GRADE III) AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS 2-12-11$200,000 GUARANTEED

SILVER MEDALLION
1 1/16 MILES 1:50.45

OWNER: MICHAEL J. RYAN
TRAINER:STEVEN M. ASMUSSEN
UP: RUSSELL BAZE

Grade 1 Winner Comma to the Top Is 6-to-5 Favorite in El Camino Real Derby

     Comma to the Top, winner of the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, will try to become the third straight favorite to win the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby when he faces five rivals in the Grade 3 feature for 3-year-olds Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
 
     Seven horses were entered in Northern California’s Triple Crown prep race, however,

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.

El Camino Real Derby Profiles

The Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby will have its 30th running Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.  Below are profiles of the seven entrants.

Comma To The Top (6-to-5)

Comma To The Top, Positive Response Headline Cast Of Seven In $200,000 El Camino Real Derby

     Comma to the Top is a Grade 1 stakes winner and the No. 4 ranked 3-year-old in the nation by Daily Racing Form.  Positive Response won the California Derby and is   Northern California’s leading 3-year-old.  These two talented runners head a field of seven in Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.