Frank Conversation and Mario Gutierrez take the California Derby. Photo courtesy Santa Anita/Golden Gate Fields

Brian’s Derby Preps 2016: The El Camino Real Derby

 Golden Gate Field: The GIII, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points: 10-4-2-1) With synthetic racing going out of flavor in recent years, there’s little doubt that Golden Gate’s signature Kentucky Derby prep has followed suit, but if nothing else, this year’s renewal offers a deep, competitive and robust…

Conquest Typhoon and Patrick Husbands take the GII Summer Stakes at Woodbine. Photo credit Mike Burns

Brian’s Derby Preps: The El Camino Real Derby

Golden Gate Fields: The Grade III, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/8 miles (Kentucky Derby qualifying points 10-4-2-1) by Brian Nadeau #1 Donji (30-1): Gigantic longshot gets the coveted inside post and will save all the ground, but that’s quickly where any positives end, as he’s still a maiden after seven starts and…

Brian’s Derby Preps: The El Camino Real Derby

Horseplayer Now’s Brian Nadeau checks in witha look at today’s Derby prep; he’ll be back later this weekend with analysis of Monday’s Southwest Stakes. Golden Gate Fields: The Grade III, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at 1 1/8 miles #1 Wildcat Moon: Speedster enters off a fine second last month to fellow rival Zeewat in…