El Camino Real Derby

  • Location: Golden Gate Fields, Berkeley, CA
  • Inaugural Race: 1982
  • Current Distance: 1 1/8 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt (Synthetic)
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • 2020 Purse: $100,000
  • 2020 Race Date: Saturday, February 15th
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The El Camino Real Derby is the only Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifying points race at Golden Gate Fields in California. The race offers a chance for synthetic all-weather-surface runners a chance to obtain points from the spread of 10-4-2-1.


2020 El Camino Real Derby Entries and Results

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9
Azul Coast
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
$4.60
$3.40
$2.80
3
American Farmer
Kent J. Desormeaux
Steve M. Sherman
$11.40
$5.80
1
Indian Peak
Juan J. Hernandez
Quinn Howey
$3.40
4
Wine and Whisky
Cristobal Herrera
Felix Rondan
11
The Stiff
Julien Couton
Michael W. McCarthy
7
Sacred Rider
Frank T. Alvarado
Steven Specht
8
Ajourneytofreedom
Ricardo Gonzalez
Blaine D. Wright
10
Czechmight
Jose Valdivia, Jr.
Richard Baltas
6
Final Final
Kevin Krigger
Bill McLean
5
Mysterious Stones
William Antongeorgi III
Steve M. Sherman
2
Praise Loudly
Silvio Ruiz Amador
Daniel Franko

Exotic Payoffs:

$2 Exacta (9-3) $60.00
$2 Trifecta (9-3-1) $253.40
$2 Superfecta (9-3-1-4) $3,812.60

Watch the 2020 El Camino Real Derby


History of the El Camino Real Derby

Northern California’s most important Kentucky Derby prep race is the El Camino Real Derby. First run in 1982, it’s now part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Points are handed out to the first four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 basis.

Over the years the El Camino Real Derby was won by a number of outstanding horses. Interestingly, it was a better guide to the Preakness Stakes than the Kentucky Derby, with Tank’s Prospect, Snow Chief, and Tabasco Cat all winning both races.

Golden Gate Fields installed a Tapeta artificial track in 2007 and it hasn’t been such a great guide to the Kentucky Derby since then. Probably the best winner in recent years was the multiple graded stakes winner Daddy Nose Best, successful in 2012.


Previous Winners of the El Camino Real Derby

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2020
Azul Coast
Rafael Bejarano
Bob Baffert
Watson/Pegram/Weitman
2019
Anothertwistafate
Juan J. Hernandez
Blaine D. Wright
Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.
2018
Paved
Drayden Van Dyke
Michael W. McCarthy
Ciaglia Racing LLC
2017
Zakaroff
Kyle Frey
Steven Specht
Eagle Ridge Racing LLC
2016
Frank Conversation
Mario Gutierrez
Doug F. O'Neill
Reddam Racing
2015
Metaboss
Alex O. Solis
Jeff Bonde
Arndt/McFetridge/Preiss/Metanovic/Azcarate
2014
Tamarando
Russell Baze
Jerry Hollendorfer
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Williams
2013
Dice Flavor
Jose Valdivia, Jr.
Patrick Gallagher
Oda Racing Stables and US Equine
2012
Daddy Nose Best
Julien Leparoux
Steve Asmussen
Bob & Cathy Zollars
2011
Silver Medallion
Russell Baze
Steve Asmussen
Michael J. Ryan

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