09/04/2013 7:57PM

Del Mar Futurity: Tamarando goes big and gets the win

Benoit & Associates
Julien Leparoux guides Tamarando to a $17.80 upset in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Wednesday.

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.