2020 El Camino Real Derby Favorites, Longshots and Predictions
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
2020 El Camino Real Derby – Horseracing action intensifies at the Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California, with the 39th running of the El Camino Real Derby. Eleven three-year-old thoroughbreds will see action in the 1 1/8-mile (1.810-kilometer) race. It will kick off on February 15 at around 6:45 PM ET.
The USD100,000 race offers valuable Kentucky Derby points for the first four finishers and more importantly, the winner will earn an automatic ticket to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes. Online bookies expect a supreme clash to the finish due to its importance to the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes races.
2020 El Camino Real Derby
When: Saturday, February 15, 6:45 PM ET
Where: Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, California
TV: TVG Network
Stream: Cal Racing
The 39th running of the El Camino Real Derby is the only “Road to the Kentucky Derby” qualifying points race in California’s Golden Gate Fields. The synthetic, all-weather-surface turf gives a chance for racehorses an opportunity to gain points – 10 for the top finisher, four for second place while third- and fourth-placed horses will receive two and one points, respectively. The race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses was first flagged off in 1982 at the Bay Meadows track until it closed down in August 2008.
Since 2009, the event is run at the Golden Gate Fields near San Francisco. Among the notable horses that won the previous stagings of the derby include Snow Chief, Casual Lies, Tabasco Cat, and Cavonnier. Anothertwistafate won last year’s edition of the El Camino Real Derby, defeating 10 other horses and gained an automatic ticket to the Preakness Stakes.
Betting on Horse Racing at the 2020 El Camino Real Derby
The race attracted 11 entries and one of them is the half-sibling of last year’s winner Anothertwistafate. Ajourneytofreedom will take part in a stakes race for the first time and the three-year-old colt will have his hooves full as two-race veteran Azul Coast is reported as a possible entry in the event. The son of Super Saver and Sky Treasure, the horse placed first and second in his first two starts in December 2019 and January 2020, respectively.
Indian Peak and Czechmight have also placed their hats in the event as well. Indian Peak could pull off a surprise considering his track record at the Golden Gate where he won on December 27 last year. Czechmight, on the other hand, is fresh from a maiden race win at Keenland snd with Richard Baltas on the helm, the colt could pull off victorious. Other entries in the race include Praise Loudly, American Farmer, Wine and Whisky, Mysterious Stories, Final Final, Sacred Honor and The Stiff.
2020 El Camino Real Derby Betting Favorites – Odds
Azul Coast is favored to pick up the victory in the El Camino Real Derby and gain valuable points to the previous Kentucky Derby, according to horse race betmakers. His first two races were impressive. First, he picked up a win in his maiden special weight race. At his next outing over at Sham Stakes Race, he placed second.
The Bob Baffert-trained colt will have to bear with top-caliber prospects to gain traction in the Kentucky Derby. Other horses including Czechmight, Indian Peak, Sacred Honor, The Stiff and Ajourneytofreedom. These competitors might contend in the race and give Azul Coast something to think about in this derby.