A pair of scoring races were scheduled over the Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 14-16), but the Southwest Stakes had to be postponed to Sunday, Feb. 22, due to freezing conditions at Oaklawn Park.
That left the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields as the lone scoring event and Metaboss joined the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with the 10-point winner’s share, closing fast to win going away by 2 ½ lengths.
Runner-up Cross the Line banked four points and 9-5 favorite Conquest Typhoon, who already had four points to his credit, upped his total to six with the third-place finish. Harmonic recorded his first point in fourth.
Metaboss was making his stakes debut following a maiden turf win at Santa Anita. The El Camino Real Derby, which was contested on Tapeta, is one of two races this year on synthetic tracks along with the March 21 Spiral Stakes on Turfway Park’s Polytrack.
The Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 three-year-old Thoroughbreds and a points system determines eligibility.
The El Camino Real Derby and Southwest conclude the Prep Season portion of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, awarding points on a 10-4-2-1 basis to the first four respective finishers. The Southwest will maintain its points’ value this Sunday.
The Championship Series kicks off Saturday (Feb. 21) with the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park and Risen Star at Fair Grounds, the first of eight races offering points on a 50-20-10-5 basis.
Point values will continue to increase as we get closer to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, with the final round of major prep races (March 28-April 11) offering 100-40-20-10.
For more details on last weekend’s race, and a preview of upcoming events, please check out my Kentucky Derby Report at brisnet.com.