Samy Camacho Believes in King Guillermo

Camacho’s faith in King Guillermo earns him a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby hopeful King Guillermo’s owner Victor Martinez and jockey Samy Camacho met for the first time on Wednesday. A few days before the three-year-old was to run in the Tampa Bay Derby. After the meeting, both men said they shared a belief that King Guillermo could win the Tampa Bay Derby.

“Samy said, ‘If this horse keeps going like he has been in his workouts, we’re winning the race,’” said Martinez, the retired Major League Baseball slugger who owns King Guillermo under his Victoria’s Ranch banner. “It gave me such a great feeling. He had so much faith in the horse, it gave me a lot of confidence.”

King Guillermo rewarded their faith by winning the Tampa Bay Derby impressively. Finishing the race in the third-fastest time in the 40-year history of the race.

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Camacho, who was born in Venezuela like Martinez and trainer Juan Carlos Avila, felt an instant kinship upon meeting Martinez. Martinez retired from Major League Baseball after the 2018 season with 246 home runs, 1,178 runs batted in and a .295 batting average.

“We talked about everything – about business, about life, about baseball – and the thing that was most important to him was that I had faith in the horse,” Camacho said. “He’s a humble person who loves racing.
“I had asked Juan Carlos Avila two weeks ago to ride this horse. Because I love how he runs.”

“I just wanted to break well (Saturday) because we were in the No. 11 post, and it’s a short run to the first turn,” Camacho said. “The only thing we needed was for him to be relaxed and comfortable, and we got good position (behind pace-setter Relentless Dancer). I made one run between the half-mile pole and the 3/8-mile pole and he showed what he can do.”

After winning the Tampa Bay Derby, Martinez confirmed that Camacho will mount King Guillermo in the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, September 5th, 2020. Due to Coronavirus Covid-19 concerns the race has been moved from May into first Saturday of September.

March 16, 2020 by : Posted in betting No Comments

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