02/13/2014 12:08PM

Golden Gate: Enterprising heads strong trio in El Camino Real Derby

Benoit & Associates
Enterprising, with Gary Stevens riding, wins the Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita.

Eight 3-year-olds take what could be their first step toward Kentucky on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the 33rd running of the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby. On the line in the 1 1/8-mile race are a $200,000 purse and 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, including 10 to the winner.

“We’re at a ‘Y’ in the road,” said trainer Frank Lucarelli, who will saddle the improving Infosec, who finished third, beaten two lengths, in the California Derby on Jan. 18.

Infosec is one of three runners listed at 10-1 on the morning line, but the race also is a fork in the road for the favored trio.

Enterprising is listed as the morning-line favorite at 5-2 after finishing second to undefeated Exit Stage Left in the California Derby. Tamarando, winner of last year’s Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, is 3-1. Dance With Fate, who split decisions with Tamarando in the Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita, is listed at 7-2.

Rounding out the field are Craftsman and Puppy Manners at 8-1 and I’ll Wrap It Up and the Bob Baffert-trained maiden Icy Ride, who are listed at 10-1 along with Infosec.

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Exit Stage Left suffered some slight fraying in a tendon after a work last Saturday and will miss the race, but his trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, sends out Tamarando and Puppy Manners.

Hollendorfer said he is not entering Tamarando simply because Exit Stage Left, who has won stakes in each of his three starts, is sidelined.

“We were considering this race for him all along, that’s why we nominated him,” Hollendorfer said of Tamarando, a son of Bertrando owned by his breeders, Larry and Marianne Williams.

Tamarando has a win and two thirds in three Grade 1 races and comes into this off a second in the Cal Cup Derby on Jan. 25 at Santa Anita.

Tamarando does his running from off the pace, a style that doesn’t play well at Santa Anita but can be favorable at Golden Gate Fields.

“The owner didn’t want to run at Santa Anita because the colt doesn’t seem to close as well there,” Hollendorfer said.

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Russell Baze, Exit Stage Left’s regular rider, will ride Tamarando.

“I don’t know anything about him, so I’ll rely on Jerry to let me know his little idiosyncrasies,” Baze said. “I’ve watched all his races, though, and he actually sat a little closer than usual in the Del Mar Futurity.”

Enterprising, second as the favorite in the California Derby when coming off a victory in the Eddie Logan on the turf at Santa Anita, will have Gary Stevens back aboard Saturday. Stevens had a commitment to Mucho Macho Man, so Aaron Gryder rode the Elusive Quality colt in the California Derby.

Though Enterprising ran second, Gryder was impressed with how hard he tried down the lane.

“He ran good,” trainer Tom Proctor said. “He’s maturing, but he hasn’t made that really big step forward yet.”

Stevens is Proctor’s No. 1 rider and was aboard Enterprising in his first three starts.

“Gary and I have good karma. We have good luck together,” said Proctor who wins at a 28-percent clip with Stevens in the saddle.

Dance With Fate could be tough. He was the runner-up in both the Del Mar Futurity, when he trailed Tamarando throughout and couldn’t catch him, and the FrontRunner, when he had a stalking trip and Tamarando couldn’t catch him.

He ran eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but won a comeback race on the turf Jan. 24 at Santa Anita after 11 weeks on the sidelines.

Gryder gets the call on Dance With Fate for trainer Peter Eurton.

The race does not appear to have much pace. I’ll Wrap It Up could inherit the lead, and Enterprising should be able to sit in good position right off him.

Andy Psarras More than 1 year ago
good job russell!!!
Infinity More than 1 year ago
Sir mala mala the rabbit.
Bio More than 1 year ago
I've handicapped all the horses here and have selected Icy Ride. The figures I have come up with, just do not impress me. Baffert knows what he has here and Icy Ride will be flying at the end.
prlyr4lyf More than 1 year ago
Hollendorfer @ a price with Puppy Manners
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Craftsman and Dance With Fate duke this one out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winning horse will be determined once track officials calculate the money. Usually by the 1/2 mile call. Least payouts win
Paul Kirnos More than 1 year ago
Really!?! You obviously don't know how the parimutuel system works.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
do you even know how pari mutual wagering works? if you let me know what time of the day they allow you internet access at the mental ward, I will be happy to try to explain it to you. let me know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know how it works. Dont need ur explanation. I also understand how corrupt people operate where large sums of cash is in their direct possesion, and thats what drives the parimutuel bus.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
no obviously you don't. regardless of who wins what, the track gets their same percentage. the payout has zero to do with it. now if you think that the stewards or someone else involved with the track is wagering also and they may want a certain horse to win because of their own personal wagers, then that is understandable, albeit misguided. the main question is this............. if that's what you really believe, that the races are predetermined and the fix is in, then why are you involved in the sport and wagering on it yourself? for someone to be gambling into a fixed and stacked game while knowing that it is not on the up and up, is the first sign of mental instability. are you that sick? do you need psychological help? it sure sounds that way. I know if I thought the races were fixed, I surely would not be wagering on them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont wager on horse racing at all. See- you assumed that i do. I am on this forum trying to help the vast numbers of people, like yourself, who are followers and believe what anyone tells you. They are called sheep. You believe that horse racing and parimutel wagering system is straight, legit, and the track takeout % is ALL that comes out of betting pools. And that is simply a lie that sheep believe.
Rory Kupfer More than 1 year ago
How do they communicate with the jockeys during the race?
DeadHeat46 More than 1 year ago
you are COMPLETELY full of CRAP! i've been a track official for nearly 30 years and not once have i been approached by the "fixers" to set up a race. With tens of thousands of races under my belt you'd think that maybe just once they would let me in the "loop"...hasn't happened yet... I think your just a LOSER looking for an excuse for your terrible handicapping skills...get informed before sharing your meritless opinions.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Yoy can not reason with a schitzoprenic person.In their mind it all seems so real.Meds may help.
Scot Morley More than 1 year ago
Gary, is going to take these guys to school. 10K to win I will take 9/5!
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
10k? anyone bragging about how much they are going to bet on a 9-5 shot is more then likely going to be betting 10.00. this isn't monopoly money scott, but nice try.
David Sias More than 1 year ago
Well come on now...if you would ever take a huge shot on a horse like that, assuming he really is doing so, what kind of horse would it be? 20-1? Either way it would sure get the pulse up!
Andy Psarras More than 1 year ago
ya he schooled ....give baze the credit he deserves
Lourdes Franco More than 1 year ago
who cares. none of these horses have a chance in the kd on may.
Kim Lee More than 1 year ago
1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet needed 7 races before he broke his maiden, lost his Triple Crown bid by a nostril...too early to discount any colts chances
craigb1818 More than 1 year ago
You never know. But one of the problems with racing is that people like you think a Graded Stake in February, the largest race in Northern California all year, is insignificant because it might not have bearing on a race in ten weeks time. There are big races every Saturday, historical races, and they're important.
David LaKari More than 1 year ago
Hard to go against Hollendorfer and Baze taking Tam
Matt Banchero More than 1 year ago
Craftsman will make up for the flop as the chalk in his last race! BOOM!
picojim More than 1 year ago
good pick Matt.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
and he will do it wire to wire. all of his races overseas he was forwardly placed, then he showed zero speed he in a race to throw out.in his first start here. they never asked him and it was a total workout. plus they crawled early and he was trying to come from china. he never had a chance. this is the money run.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Leading in irish turf races is very different from leading in a US main track race. Also, Euro horses aren't taught to blast out of the gate, so seem to fall out of the gate here. Takes some retraining to teach them to break American style.