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2015 El Camino Real

El Camino Real at Golden Gate

Far From OverThis Saturday, February 14th, we have one of the last Kentucky Derby Points Prep races in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields (the other being the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn on Monday). After these two races have run we’ll be into the Kentucky Derby Championship Races where all of the point pay outs will increase. If you are unfamiliar with the Kentucky Derby Points System, be sure and check out our post dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with all the points races, the leaderboard and race replays. Be sure and bookmark this page as it is constantly updated- 2015 Kentucky Derby Points System. This past weekend we saw Far From Over pull an upset over El Kabeir by 1 ¾ lengths in the Withers at Aqueduct. Far From Over paid $14.40 for the win. In the Robert B Lewis at Santa Anita, Dortmund duked it out with Firing Line again and won by a head. Let’s see what we can find in the El Camino Real!

El Camino Real Derby

Conquest TyphoonThe $200,000 Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby is the 7th race on the card at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and will feature a field of 10 three year olds traveling 1 1/8 mile. The 7/2 morning line favorite is Conquest Typhoon, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Mike Smith. Conquest Typhoon won the Grade 3 Cecil B DeMille Stakes at Del mar in his last outing and starts his 3 year old campaign here in the El Camino Real Derby. He has shown some versatility in his running styles which makes him a threat in this race. Next on the ML at 4 to 1 is Indianaughty. Indianaughty won his last outing at Gulfstream in an optional claiming 75k by a head. Mischief ClemThis will be his second race in the States. Looking at this field, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of frontend speed so I believe this one will come down to who goes out on the lead early. Conquest Typhoon could try and grab the early lead, but by post time I feel he will be the solid favorite and won’t provide much value. For value, I have to go with Mischief Clem at 9/2 on the morning line. Mischief Clem is coming out of a win in the California Cup Derby where he won by a head. He was up close in that one and I feel he may do the same here. For a longshot, I’m giving Ernest Shackleton the nod at 12 to 1 on the ML. My only concern is whether he can make the transition from turf to dirt. Good luck everybody and be sure to check back with us for the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn this Monday!

 

 

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Mike Jr, eldest son of Mike Lane Sr, is co-lead author at HandicapHorseRacing.com and was raised on thoroughbred horse racing and handicapping. Although father and son often butt heads on their selections, they both have much love and admiration for the sport. Mike Jr. brings a new, fresh perspective to horse racing and is often in search of new angles to try.

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