The $100K El Camino Real Stakes was won by ROMBAUER, ridden by Kyle Frey, trained by Michael McCarthy, and owned by John and Diane Fradkin - in a come-from-behind victory.
It was a 1 ? mile run over the Golden Gate synthetic surface. Eight three-year-olds seeking KY Derby qualifying points made it to the gate. ROMBAUER from the outside broke well, and was taken back by jockey Kyle Frey to race at the rear. The field ran through opening fractions of 24.00 and 47.81. Along the back stretch and into the turn for home, Rombauer was still running smoothly, some seven lengths off the lead. He uncorks his rally for Kyle Frey and moves 4-wide into the stretch. There's a 30-1 longshot to reel in, and that's exactly what they do. ROMBAUER uses the length of the stretch to close in and surge past his rivals, putting away filly JAVANICA along the way who settled for second. GOVERNOR'S PARTY, a 99-1 longshot, got up for third. The final time was 1:51.64.
ROMBAUER paid $4.40 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. He is the son of TWIRLING CANDY out of CASHMERE by COWBOY CAL. This was his second win in five starts. He pushes his earnings to $210,500 and earned a 95 Equibase Figure, the highest in his career.
ROMBAUER adds 10 Kentucky Derby points to his name, which brings his total points to 14. He moves up to sixth on the KY Derby leaderboard, tied with MEDINA SPIRIT.