09/04/2013 8:57PM

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.

CHURCHILLTB More than 1 year ago
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,
Gene More than 1 year ago
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.
Jason Landman More than 1 year ago
Don't think that's fair to say - yet. What these 2yo's did at Del Mar means nothing since it was on Polytrack. I'm waiting until we see some efforts on dirt in the Frontrunner before forming an opinion.
Gene More than 1 year ago
I understand and respect that Jason, Polytrack is awful... But watching the maiden races from both coasts, the star quality is lacking in California compared to here.The top three finishers in the Del Mar Futurity would be huge prices against any of a number of the babies that were impressive winning at Saratoga. In addition, the Del Mar race was a meltdown, and everyone wrote of this awful trip Dance With Fate had, I did not think it was that bad at all.. He got shuffled back and went very wide, but he had a meltdown to close into. The winner also benefitted from the raceshape. Can The Man tried to duck in, dueled through the pace, and held on the best of the speed. With less pressure he is the best of these, which is not likely saying much
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
Is there a purpose in this post?
Gene More than 1 year ago
ummm to discuss racing Biggar???
Curtis Wright More than 1 year ago
Racing or bias?
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Don't usually say this, but what a wonderful race to watch.
John More than 1 year ago
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 !
John More than 1 year ago
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Jordan More than 1 year ago
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.
Robert More than 1 year ago
2 year olds at Delmar on the poly do not generally go 21 and 44. If you look at the par figures, this pace was fast enough for two year olds going 7 furlongs. I am not surprised at all they got tired.
Gene More than 1 year ago
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..
Robert More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Dance with fate. Pretty good run, but second is second, give the winner his do.
MD23 More than 1 year ago
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.