BERKELEY, CA – Peter Redekop’s Anothertwistafate took on a slew of southern California invaders and crushed them all en route to dominating Saturday’s $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Breaking alertly from post 4 under Juan Hernandez as the 6/5 favorite, Anothertwistafate establed command and set the pace through opening fractions of :23.39, :49.09, and 1:13.79. Though the highly-regarded Kingly kept close watch through much of the early running, Anothertwistafate dispatched him midway through the far turn and emerged onto the front stretch well clear in front. Kicking away sharply under a hand ride late, the Blaine Wright trainee crossed with a 7-length advantage in a final time of 1:50.38 for the 1 1/8-mile event over the main track’s all weather surface.
“He was ready to rock and roll,” Hernandez said. “We were thinking about playing the break. He broke clean and they let me go. The horse was comfortable in front. At the 1/4 pole, when he changed leads, he exploded. I felt it. I asked him, and he responded right away.”
Even though he was no match for the winner, Kingly kept on and finished second by 2 1/2 lengths over More Ice, with Angelo’s Pride taking fourth and Weekly Call fifth. Mayor Cobb rallied from the rear to nose out The Creep for sixth, while Rey Coliman, Data Hawk, King of Speed, and Knight’s Cross completed the order of finish.
The El Camino Real Derby is part of the Road to the 2019 Kentucky Derby prep race season. Anothertwistafate earned 10 points for the win, with Kingly receiving 4 for second, More Ice 2 for third, and Angelo’s Pride 1 for fourth. Additionally, for the first time, Anothertwistafate earned an automatic entrance into the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 18.
Anothertwistafate’s win was his third straight after making a lackluster debut at Santa Anita on November 3. The 3-year-old son from the late Scat Daddy’s last crop has now earned $94,545.
“I’m just in awe of him right now,” Wright said. “He’s been doing fabulous the past three weeks. He’s got a lot of stamina, so the distance is good for him. We didn’t want to take him out of his style, but if somebody really wanted to go, we would have let him.”
Anothertwistafate returned $4.40 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.40 to show. Kingly brought back $3 to place and $2.60 to show, while More Ice paid $3.80 to show.