2020 El Camino Real Derby Contenders & Odds

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Golden Gate Fields Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: February 13, 2020

The $100,000 El Camino Real Derby will see a field of eleven 3-year-olds assemble to compete at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, February 15.

The El Camino Real Derby, a one mile and one-furlong event on the Tapeta main track, offers 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner and a free berth into the Grade 1 Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 16.

In order for the latter incentive to be granted to the El Camino Real Derby winner, he must be nominated to the 2020 Triple Crown series.

2020 El Camino Real Derby Odds & Entries

Race 7 at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, February 15 - Post 6:52 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Indian Peak 7-2 Juan Hernandez
122 Lbs
Quinn Howey
2 Praise Loudly 50-1 Silvio Amador
122 Lbs
Daniel Franko
3 American Farmer 15-1 Kent Desormeaux
122 Lbs
Steve Sherman
4 Wine and Whisky 15-1 Cristobal Herrera
122 Lbs
Felix Rondan
5 Mysterious Stones 15-1 William Antongeorgi III
122 Lbs
Steve Sherman
6 Final Final 15-1 Kevin Krigger
122 Lbs
Bill McLean
7 Sacred Rider 9-2 Frank Alvarado
122 Lbs
Steven Specht
8 Ajourneytofreedom 12-1 Ricardo Gonzalez
122 Lbs
Blaine Wright
9 Azul Coast 2-1 Rafael Bejarano
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
10 Czechmight 6-1 Jose Valdivia, Jr.
122 Lbs
Richard Baltas
11 The Stiff 8-1 Julien Couton
122 Lbs
Michael McCarthy

Last year, trainer Bob Baffert saddled Grade 3 winner Kingly to a second place finish in the El Camino Real Derby. In the 2020 edition, Baffert is represented by Azul Coast, a son of Super Saver coming off a runner up performance in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

The winner of the Sham, Authentic, is considered one of the top 3-year-olds on the West Coast for Baffert. Azul Coast makes his third lifetime start in the El Camino Real Derby and will be ridden by Southern California jockey Rafael Bejarano.

Czechmight is another Southern California shipper that is likely to attract interest in the wagering. Purchased for $190,000 by his current connections after a maiden special weight win at Keeneland last October, the son of Street Sense makes his 3-year-old debut and first career start for the Richard Baltas barn.

Leading up to the El Camino Real Derby, Czechmight has posted a series of sharp workouts at Santa Anita, including a bullet drill on the morning of February 8. Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. flies up to ride for Team Baltas.

Horse Racing Rebates

In 2019, Anothertwistafate wowed racing fans with an eye-popping, eight-length runaway win in the El Camino Real Derby for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Peter Redekop. This year, Wright and Redekop send out the little brother to Anothertwistafate, Ajourneytofreedom.

He, like Anothertwistafate, is out of the First Defence mare Imprecation and was purchased for $180,000 as a 2-year-old in training. In his most recent afternoon apperance, Ajourneytofreedom went off favored in a January 19 allowance race and finished fourth, only beaten by about a length.

In fact, the top five finishers from the aforementioned January 19 affair enter back into the El Camino Real Derby. The Stiff, trained by Southern California conditioner Michael McCarthy, won the mile and one-sixteenth contest by a head and draws the outside post position for the El Camino Real Derby.

Wine and Whisky, who put up a gallant showing when finishing a neck off The Stiff, will break from post position 4.

Third place finisher Mysterious Stones is one of two El Camino Real Derby contenders campaigned by trainer Steve Sherman while the Bill McLean conditioned Final Final also takes a stab at a graded stakes placing after hitting the wire behind the top four finishers in last month's allowance prep.

The well-bred Sacred Rider, out of stakes winning race mare and producer Lady Railrider, finished an admirable second in the California Cup Derby for California-bred 3-year-olds on dirt at Santa Anita. Last December, Sacred Rider completed the exacta in the locally-run Gold Rush Stakes, indicating he is effective and versatile on multiple surfaces. Frank Alvarado teams up with trainer Steve Specht, who tuned up Zakaroff to a 48-1 shocker in the 2017 El Camino Real Derby.

Impressive December allowance winner Indian Peak suffered a traffic-filled trip in the California Cup Derby and returns to the bayside oval in search of a graded stakes win. The highly-regarded California-bred colt has dazzled in the mornings with a pair of lightning quick five-furlong bullet workouts and impressed racegoers two starts ago with an eye-catching victory. Leading Golden Gate jockey Juan Hernandez has the call for trainer Quinn Howey.

Recent maiden winner American Farmer is the second Steve Sherman entrant in the race, having most recently defeated a maiden special weight group on January 26. American Farmer is a full brother to Blue Diva, winner of the Miss America Stakes in December.

Longshot Praise Loudly rounds out the field. The chestnut gelding was last seen hitting the board in a pair of starter allowance races and is taking a massive bump up in class.

The El Camino Real Derby goes as Race 7 on the 9-race Saturday card, with an approximate post time of 3:45 PM. You can bet & watch the El Camino Real Derby at OffTrackBetting.com - US Legal Online Wagering!

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