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Del Mar Futurity: Tamarando goes big and gets the win
By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. – Six furlongs against California-breds, or seven furlongs against open company. That was the decision trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and owner Larry Williams faced this week with Tamarando.
They decided to go big, and they went home on Wednesday with a win in the Grade 1, $301,500 Del Mar Futurity on the track’s closing day.
Tamarando bypassed the I’m Smokin Stakes on Monday for the Futurity, his first start outside the Cal-bred ranks, where he had raced three times previously. The farthest he had run in those three starts was 5 1/2 furlongs. The extra 330 yards of the Futurity helped his late-running style all the more.
Tamarando ($17.80), ninth of 11 after a half-mile, stormed down the center of the track and held safe an unlucky Dance With Fate to win by a half-length, with Can the Man another half-length back in third.
“I was a little disappointed he was that far back, but apparently that’s the way he wants to run,” Hollendorfer said.
Alberts Hope, the lukewarm 7-2 favorite, was fourth, and was followed, in order, by Guns Loaded, California Chrome, Indexical, Alpine Luck, Rum Point, Celtic Moon, and Skydreamin.
Julien Leparoux rode Tamarando, who completed seven furlongs on Polytrack in 1:23.07.
“We liked the horse going seven furlongs,” Hollendorfer said. “We were thinking of the Cal-bred, but decided to go for the big money.”
First prize was $180,000.
Tamarando also benefited by being one of the most-experienced horses in the race, with three starts. Only Alpine Luck and California Chrome had run more times. Five of the 11 had run twice, and Can the Man had run once.
“I don’t think it hurt him,” Hollendorfer said. “We wanted to win first time out, but he didn’t and he learned a lot.”
Tamarando was fourth in his debut at Betfair Hollywood Park going five furlongs on June 30, then was a late-running second against maidens in another five-furlong race here on July 21 over a track that favored speed. He broke through the maiden ranks on Aug. 18, going 5 1/2 furlongs, with another late-running performance.
Hollendorfer said Tamarando would make his next start at Santa Anita, and that the Grade 1 Frontrunner at 1 1/16 miles on Sept. 28 would be considered.
Tamarando, a son of 1991 Del Mar Futurity winner Bertrando, was bred by Williams.
Dance With Fate, who finished second, was caught in traffic behind horses on the far turn and then finished well once he got outside and clear.
Can the Man, racing on the inside, ducked in near where the temporary rail extends from the seven-furlong chute, and momentarily lost his momentum.
“He went left. I was, Oh (crap),” said jockey Martin Garcia.
Julien Leparoux is a very good rider. Used to eat up the track at Keeneland. He was unbeatable. Good Job Julien from one your Kentucian fans. Hope to see you in October,
Being on the East Coast but an avid fan of racing across the country, I can tell you theEast Coast two-year-olds are heads and shoulders above anthing in California. The top ten babies out here are better than Tamarando or Dance With Fate. I still think Can The Man ran the best race in the Futuroty as well, but the East Coast two-year-olds are way better.
Don't usually say this, but what a wonderful race to watch.
The final time really meant nothing ! Once the weather got hot, 100 degrees, the "poly-crap " begins to attatch to each other, making the stretch like running on chewed gum balls..................prime example of why the Breeders Cup wont consider Del Mar until they go back to All American DIRT ! Maybe after the December meet they will wise up, sell this poly crap to .....................oh, no one wants it ! Sorry !
The site below is a SCAM ! BE CAREFUL, they load a virus into your computer and access your ExpressBet or TVG account and , "swoosh " gone in 60seconds ! DRF needs to block these scams or become liable ! All 3 horse ran winning races, Can the Man ducked in badly, Dance with Fate, was shuffled back , and the winner came double wide like a trailer ......................wide open BC Futurity so far !
Dance with Fate was probably best of the closers and Can the Man best of the speed. But, scoreboard reads Tamarando, and that's what really matters. Visually, this was a complete meltdown in the stretch, a meltdown made curious because it wasn't like they went 21 and change, and low 44 for the half. The 45 half was solid, but hardly jaw dropping. Then they get the next quarter in almost 25 before the 13 second+ scrum the last eighth. The 78 Beyer may be a little generous.
The race completely melted down up front, these are moderate at very best juveniles. Dance With Fate did not have very much trouble and he and the winner benfitted from a set-up. The best performance in the Del Mar Futurity was put forth by Can The Man, who battled through a tough pace after ducking in badly near the gap. If he runs staight early, he wins..
Future speculation aside about today's runners, I'm glad to see a son of Bertrando win the Futurity. I "met" Bertrando a few years ago while he was standing at River's Edge Farm near Solvang. Wow, what a big, beautiful gentleman of a horse. He was absolutely gorgeous! Mind you, I have an untrained eye but he impressed me. I wish his son well. And love the fact that Tamarando is trained by Mr. Hollendorfer and the horse is a closer.
Dance with fate. Pretty good run, but second is second, give the winner his do.
No disrespect to the winner: he ran a huge race and props to him. However, Dance With Fate should have won this race. He was in all sorts of trouble around the far turn, swung way wide in the stretch drive and still came with a huge run. With a clean trip he wins. Look for him in the future.
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