Scat Daddy’s Anothertwistafate Scores Preakness Berth In El Camino Real Derby

by | 02.16.2019 | 7:36pm
Anothertwistafate seen winning the El Camino Real Derby

Anothertwistafate settled nicely up front and kicked clear under jockey Juan Hernandez to dominate the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby by seven lengths on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

Backed as the 6-5 favorite in the field of 11, Anothertwistafate went straight to the lead, running the opening quarter-mile in 23.38 seconds while being pressed to his outside by second choice Kingly. Anothertwistafate backed down the pace through a half in 49.09 and three-quarters in 1:13.78.

Given his cue by Hernandez at the top of the stretch, Anothertwistafate quickly widened his advantage as Kingly gave vain chase in second. Kingly finished 2 ½ lengths ahead of third-place finisher More Ice.

Anothertwistafate, trained by Blaine Wright for owner Peter Redekop, completed 1 1/8 miles over the Tapeta main track in 1:50.38 and returned $4.40 for a $2 win wager.

“He was ready to rock and roll,” said Hernandez. “We were thinking about playing the break. He broke clean and they let me go. The horse was comfortable in front. At the quarter pole when he changed leads, he exploded. I felt it. I asked him, and he responded right away.”

After finishing ninth on debut in a sprint in November at Santa Anita, Anothertwistafate broke his maiden by four lengths going 1 1/16 miles in December at Golden Gate. He entered the El Camino off a five-length win in an entry-level optional claimer at this venue January 4.

“I'm just in awe of him right now,” said Wright. “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.”

With his El Camino victory, Anothertwistafate will receive a berth in the Preakness Stakes, which will be held May 18 at Pimlico Race Course. He also earned $60,000 and 10 Kentucky Derby points. His lifetime earnings now stand at $94,545.

With Anothertwistafate having secured a spot in the Preakness starting gate, Wright and Redekop will now try to find a suitable spot for the colt's next start.

“There are a lot of races out there, and we need to get the points [for the Kentucky Derby],” said Redekop, who owned 2006 El Camino Real Derby winner and Kentucky Derby 13th-place finisher Cause to Believe. “One race in March and one in April and then the big one.”

Anothertwistafate, a son of Scat Daddy, sold for $360,000 last spring at the OBS June sale.

Angelo's Pride finished fourth and was followed by Weekly Call, Mayor Cobb, The Creep, Rey Coliman, Data Hawk, King of Speed, and Knight's Cross. Eagle Song and Royal Insider were scratched.

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