2014 El Camino Real Derby

El Camino Real at Golden Gate

Dice FlavorThe $200,000 Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby is the 8th race on the card at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday and is one of the last two 2013-14 Kentucky Derby Prep Season Races. The last race of the prep season is the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday, February 17th so be sure and check back with us over the weekend for our preview of that race. If you are unfamiliar with the 2014 Kentucky Derby Points System, get all of the info here- 2014 Kentucky Derby Points System. As for the El Camino Real, this race started in 1982 but was hosted by Bay Meadows Racetrack up until it closed in 2008. Since then, Golden Gate Fields has presented this race. Last year’s winner was longshot, Dice Flavor who made a late charge along with second place finisher Nina’s Dragon to win by 3 ¾ lengths and pay $21.00 for the win, along with a $168.20 exacta with Nina’s Dragon and a fat $2,137.80 on the trifecta with Nina’s Dragon and Counting Days! Let’s see if we can real in some payouts like that this year!

2014 El Camino Real

TamarandoThe Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby will see a field of 8 three year olds racing 1 1/8 mile. The morning line favorite at 5/2 is Enterprising. Enterprising is trained by Thomas Proctor and will have Gary Stevens in the irons. This young colt ran 2nd in the California derby at Golden Gate missing the win by ½ of a length. Prior to that race, he won the Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita by ¾ of a length. Enterprising looks good here, but I not completely convinced that he deserved the top slot for favorite here. The favorite should be Tamarando who is 3/1 on the ML. You should remember Tamarando as the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity winner back in September. He also ran 3rd in the Grade 1 Frontrunner at Santa Anita and 3rd in the Grade 1 Cash Call Futurity at Hollywood Park. Not to mention his win in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood and his 2nd place finish in the California Cup Derby. This horse screams class over this field, but I wouldn’t expect the public to let him stay at 3/1 for long. What may hurt Tamarando in this race is the lack of front end speed. He tends to make a late charge past tiring frontrunners, but in this field we seem to be lacking any clear front end speed. Dance With FateFor value, I think I will have to go with Dance With Fate at 7/2 on the morning line. Forgiving his maiden debut where he finished 8th and his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile run where he also finished 8th, Dance With Fate has shown some really good outings including his 2nd place finish in the Del Mar Futurity behind Tamarando and his 2nd place finish in the Frontrunner in front of Tamarando. I think he may make a move for the early lead and control the pace in this one. For a longshot, I look for Infosec at 10 to 1 on the morning line to show up. His speed figures have gradually improved in every one of his 4 outings, and he might just pull off the upset we’re looking for. Good luck everybody!




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