Chase the Chaos wins the El Camino Real Derby under Armando Ayuso
Bill Dory and Adam Ference’s Chase the Chaos, trained by Ed Moger Jr., broke through for his first stakes win Saturday when unleashing a determined late rally to capture the $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif.
Ridden by Armando Ayuso, Chase the Chaos won by 1½ lengths from 9-5 favorite Gilmore, who was guided by Jose Valdivia Jr.
An Astern gelding, Chase the Chaos was winning for the third time from six career starts and came in off an allowance/optional claiming victory at Golden Gate Dec. 30, which followed back-to-back stakes-placings at the Bay Area racetrack: second in the Gold Rush Stakes and third in the Golden Nugget Stakes Nov. 12.
Chase the Chaos returned $10.40 after completing the El Camino Real Derby’s 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:51.68 on the synthetic surface.
Harcyn checked in third, one length behind Gilmore in the field of eight 3-year-olds.
The El Camino Real Derby provided the winner an automatic berth to the Preakness (G1) in May at Pimlico Race Course. The race is also a Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifier, providing points on a 10-4-3-2-1 basis to the top five finishers. For the updated Kentucky Derby Leaderboard, click here.
Chase the Chaos’s $60,000 winner’s share of the El Camino Real Derby purse increased his lifetime bankroll to $123,000. He was bred in Pennsylvania by Mr. and Mrs. Dale N. Krapf from the Uncle Mo mare Live the Moment. Bill Dory picked him up as a weanling for $10,000 at the 2020 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where Ballysax Bloodstock consigned him.