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Friday, February 15, 2013

National HBPA's Quest for the Crown - El Camino Real Derby and Southwest Stakes

Welcome to the first edition of the National HBPA's Quest for the Crown, a weekly look at the major prep races on the road to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Below you will find a variety of links to previews, analysis, video, free PPs and more for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, February 16, and the $300,000 Southwest Stakes on Monday, February 18, at Oaklawn Park.

After the links for both races, you will also find useful information about the Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leading contenders. 

If you have a link to suggest, please email You may also post your comments or selections to this blog by clicking the comment link at the bottom of this posting.  

$200,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) * Golden Gate * 2/16 * Approx. Post - 4:22 PT
Hollendorfer Seeks Sixth El Camino Real with Cal Derby Champ - The Miami Herald

El Camino Real Derby Handicapping Analysis (with free PPs) - Downthestretchs blog

Golden Gate Barn Notes -

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area to Televise El Camino Real Derby Live -

El Camino Real Derby Preview - San Francisco Chronicle

Video Preview of El Camino Real Derby (with free PPs) -

Analysis of All El Camino Real Derby Runners - Thoroughbred Horse Racing blog

Video: "That Handicapping Show" with Pete Denk and Frank Angst -

Brisnet's El Camino Real Handicapping Preview -

Jennie Rees' Weekend Preview - Louisville Courier-Journal 

$300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) * Oaklawn Park * 2/18 * Approx. Post - 5:09 CT

Oaklawn Park Barn Notes -

Southwest Stakes Handicapping Preview -  And Down the Stretch They Come blog

Solid Field of 10 to Contest Southwest Stakes -

Southwest Stakes Selections and Analysis (with free PPs) - Downthestretchs blog

A Heart the Size of Texas: Texas Bling -

Analysis of Projected Southwest Stakes Starters - Thoroughbred Horse Racing blog

Helpful Links:
Complete Kentucky Derby Prep Schedule with Point Values -

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard -

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Info -

Kentucky Derby Power Rankings from Leading Handicappers -

Profiles of Leading Kentucky Derby Contenders -

Daily Racing Form's Derby Top 20 -

The Paulick Report's Bullet Train presents Derby Dreams -

Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen -

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