Filly Bests the Boys
By Dick Downey
The El Camino Real Derby went to Paved, a filly not on the Triple Crown Trail. She was much the best in the 1 1/8-mile race at Golden Gate Fields.
Sent away as the 2-1 favorite, Paved raced up close and made her winning move leaving the turn under Drayden Van Dyke. She prevailed over the late-running City Plan by 1 1/4 length in a finish that wasn't as close at it looked.
Blended Citizen was another half-length back in third, followed by Mugaritz, who was beaten 4 1/2 lengths, second betting choice Choo Choo, Could Be the One, Epical, early pacesetter Calexman and Unlawful Act.
While the race made 17 Kentucky Derby points available to the top four finishers, none of them are nominated to the Triple Crown. Paved's connections plans lie elsewhere, but any of the four could reap their points with a late nomination made by March 19.
The race was timed in 1:50.04. Paved returned $6.20, $4.40 and $3.20 to her supporters. Paved earned $60,000 of the $100,000 purse and became the first filly to win the El Camino Real Derby.
Michael McCarthy trains the winner for Ciaglia Racing LLC and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. She was bred in Kentucky by St. George Farm, LLC and is by Quality Road out of Sirmione, by Cozzene.