Fantastic Finish in the El Camino Real Derby
What a stretch duel the El Camino Real Derby turned out to be. Coming off of the turf for their synthetic surface debuts, Daddy Nose Best and Lucky Chappy locked in stride for stride at the top of the lane and battled it out all the way to the wire. Although it looked almost like we would have ourselves a dead heat the photo finish results proved it was Daddy Nose Best by, yes that’s correct, A Nose.
The exciting win makes it the first for Trainer Steve Asmussen on the 2012 Derby Trail and 2nd for Jockey Julien Leparoux who also scored in the Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay. In other good news for the connections the victory was Steve Asmussen’s 2nd consecutive El Camino Real Derby win and second all time.
G3 El Camino Real Derby – $200,000 | 1 1/8 Mile | Tapeta | Track Fast – Time 1:50.46
- 1. Daddy Nose Best $10.20 $5.40 $3.60
- 6. Lucky Chappy $4.60 $2.80
- 7. Handsome Mike $2.80
$1 Exacta $19.40 $1 Trifecta $73.70 $1 Superfecta $854.40
Also ran (in order of finish) Unveiled Heat, Russian Greek, Lady of Fifty, All Squared Away, Rockinarz, Senor Rain, Cahill Chrome. Race Chart via Equibase
It may be too early to tell what direction these two talented 3-yr-olds will go following the El Camino Real Derby. The race proved that both horses have the profile of a derby contender but the remaining question will be whether or not their connections will move them to the dirt.
Coming into the race Lucky Chappy had yet to race on anything but Turf while Daddy Nose Best hadn’t raced off it since his first and second career starts on the dirt at Churchill Downs. After failing to win in both Maiden Races, Assmussen elected to switch him to the turf at Saratoga where he won in late August. Since then the turf is where he’s stayed.
By now we all know that Graham Motion is a veteran trainer that has proved his horses can win on any surface at anytime. Although the El Camino Real Derby is a very big race, an Allowance Race at Gulfstream Park kept him in Florida on Saturday. It was the highly anticipated return of Animal Kingdom, our 2011 Kentucky Derby winner who was making his first appearance since finishing 6th in the Belmont Stakes. Animal Kingdom went down in the history books as the first ever Kentucky Derby winner that had never raced on dirt until the first Saturday in May. He’s a horse that can race and win on any surface and yesterday he proved again when he won his comeback race on the Turf at Gulfstream Park. Congratulations Animal Kingdom, it’s good to see him racing and winning again.
So until a decision is made or announced we’re still going to have to give these two horses derby contender status. The biggest reason is because of their ability to race strong at Kentucky Derby distance. They also have sound connections and pedigrees so keep an eye out for these two.
A fantastic finish makes for an interesting story. Congratulations to winning connections, we look forward to seeing if you and the 2nd place finisher will reappear on the Kentucky Derby trail.
Written by: Little Brink