Racing News

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.

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.

11:15 A.M. Kickoff For Super Bowl Sunday Racing Program At Golden Gate Fields

     Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special early post time of 11:15 a.m. for Sunday’s eight-race program.  Fans attending the Sunday Bowl Sunday card will enjoy $1 specials and have the opportunity to win a flat-screen television.

      The early post time makes its possible for fans to enjoy a card of horse racing and still get home in time for the big game.  General admission, general parking, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas all cost just a buck apiece Sunday. 

Comma To The Top Tops Roster Of Nominees To El Camino Real Derby

     Comma to the Top, one of the early favorites for the Kentucky Derby, tops a roster of 16 horses nominated to the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

    The Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby is Northern California’s key race for 3-year-olds on the Triple Crown trail and will be run Saturday, Feb. 12.  The 1 1/8-mile contest will be run on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.