Anothertwistafate’s Brother Tries to Echo His Prowess
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By Emily Shields for TVG
Northern California runner Anothertwistafate was so impressive in the 2019 El Camino Real Derby, winning by seven lengths and in hand coming to the wire, that he was routed towards the Kentucky Derby. He was not able to make it into the field, but his younger half-brother Ajourneytofreedom will try to do him one better in the 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. The $100,000 race, which carries points towards the 2020 Kentucky Derby as well as an automatic berth into the 2020 Preakness Stakes, can be wagered on with TVG.
Ajourneytofreedom would be more of a surprise than his older brother. Both runners are trained by Blaine Wright, who has conditioned Ajourneytofreedom to win one of four starts. That was a maiden event here December 14 over a mile. The son of Hard Spun was a $180,000 purchase as a juvenile, and finished fourth, beaten less than a length, behind three fellow runners in here in a January 19 allowance.
The winner that day was The Stiff, who breaks from the outside. He was a winner on the dirt at Del Mar at the $80,000 level in November after being frustrating on the grass. Trainer Michael McCarthy campaigns the son of Danza, who returned to Santa Anita for two works following the race.
He ships up with Czechmight and Azul Coast. Czechmight was a maiden winner at Keeneland in his second start in October, and is now in the barn of trainer Richard Baltas. The $190,000 weanling purchase by Street Sense has not run since, but has two bullet workouts at Santa Anita to show for his progress. Jose Valdivia, Jr. will ride.
Azul Coast is hoping to do better for trainer Bob Baffert, who ran second in this race last year with Kingly. Azul Coast broke his maiden first out at Los Alamitos by four lengths under Drayden Van Dyke, then ran second in the Sham Stakes behind stablemate Authentic after a slow break. Rafael Bejarano will ride for the first time; this son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver is likely to go favored in here.
There are six California-breds in the race, including Sacred Rider. The son of Lucky Pulpit and Lady Railrider was beaten just a neck in the California Cup Derby; the horse who beat him that day just finished third in the San Vicente Stakes last Sunday. He was 36-1 when second, but has been top three in five of nine lifetime starts.
Mysterious Stones has been a winner in two of three starts here. Both of those were at the starter $50,000 level after breaking his maiden on the grass here for a $20,000 tag. He steps up into stakes company for the first time. Trainer Steve Sherman is at the helm of this son of Gemologist.
Indian Peak, Praise Loudly, American Farmer, Wine and Whisky, and Final Final round out the field.
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