I started this week’s Horse Racing’s Race of the Week, the 2013 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in California where Mandando has been installed as the 9/5 morning line favorite, in the paddock of the gorgeous Gulfstream Park and finished it 36,000 feet over Atlanta, Georgia.
If you’ve never been there and you’re a Horse Racing fan, I implore you to go. The track is regal, the weather is amazing and it’s a hop, skip and a jump away from Hialeah, the once “place to be” in the horse racing world and currently in the midst of an enormous comeback. (More on that another day).
For now, since I’m not using my computer and my ears won’t stop popping, I’ll need to really focus on our key race.
The El Camino Real Derby, which drew a field off 9 this year, hasn’t really had a huge impact on the Triple Crown races over the years but the 1 1/8 miles event has had its share of good horses win it.
First run in 1982, the lists of winners include Tank’s Prospect (1985), Snow Chief (1986),