02/11/2014 12:06PM

Golden Gate Fields notes: Tamarando super sub for El Camino Real Derby

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Tamarando (above), a Grade 1 winner, will run Saturday in the El Camino Real Derby in place of injured stablemate Exit Stage Left.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is finding out it’s good to have a deep bench.

Hollendorfer, who trains last year’s champion 2-year-old Shared Belief, recently learned that his undefeated 3-year-old Exit Stage Left was injured and would miss Saturday’s Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

No problem.

Hollendorfer said that Tamarando will fill in for Exit Stage Left in the El Camino Real, a 1 1/8-mile race on Tapeta. Russell Baze, the regular rider for Exit Stage Left, will be aboard Tamarando, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and most recently runner-up to California Chrome in the California Cup Derby.

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Hollendorfer said he was looking at the $550,000 Spiral Stakes on March 22 at Turfway Park for Tamarando and that the El Camino would be a perfect prep race. Hollendorfer won the Spiral Stakes – then called the Jim Beam – in 1998 with El Camino winner Event of the Year and in 2000 with Globalize, who had run fourth in the El Camino.

Making the El Camino Real even more attractive, Gary Stevens will be riding in Northern California for the first time since launching his comeback last year. Stevens will be aboard Enterprising, who was second as the favorite in last month’s California Derby, a half-length behind Exit Stage Left.

Aaron Gryder rode Enterprising in the California Derby, and he will be back for the El Camino Real aboard Dance With Fate, second to Tamarando in the Del Mar Futurity and then second just in front of Tamarando in the Grade 1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita.

Tamarando, Enterprising, and Dance With Fate are expected to be joined in the El Camino Real starting gate by Craftsman, a Group 3 stakes winner in Ireland; Infosec and Puppy Manners, third and fourth in the California Derby; I’ll Wrap It Up; and Neverwherecauseway.

Also being considered for the race are Life Is a Joy, trained by Hollendorfer; Grazen’s Hope, trained by Steve Miyadi; and Pearl Spectre, a Bob Baffert-trained British import who would be making his U.S. debut.

The race will be shown live locally during a one-hour telecast on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Fans attending the races Saturday will receive El Camino Real Derby baseball caps.

As for Exit Stage Left, Hollendorfer said on Sam Spear’s “At the Track” radio show Sunday that the Noonmark colt had suffered an inch-long tear in a tendon in his right front leg. He said Exit Stage Left would go to co-owner Mark Dedomenico’s Pegasus facility in Washington.

Hollendorfer said the leg was “still sound,” but that he and Dedomenico didn’t want to run him for fear of making the injury worse. He said the colt would be “analyzed on a daily, weekly, monthly basis” but was expecting him to return to racing next year.

Gallant Son ready to roll

Golden Gate will race Monday, Presidents Day, on a card that includes the $50,000 Lost in the Fog for older horses going six furlongs.

Gallant Son will make his 2014 debut in the Lost in the Fog. He won both of Golden Gate’s sprint stakes last year, the Albany on Presidents Day and the Oakland in the fall.

Also expected for the Lost in the Fog are Zeewat, last year’s California Derby winner; Administer, who was second in the Oakland; Ourwestcoastghost, who won the Casual Lies at Pleasanton last summer; Mah Gellin; and Steamside.

Possibles include Coach Bob, coming off a bang-up second in the California Cup Sprint, and the stakes-placed No Silent.

Be Proud cruises

Be Proud’s front-running three-length victory in Saturday’s California Oaks was just as easy as it looked, according to her rider, Russell Baze.

“Going into the race it looked like she had them over a barrel,” Baze said of Be Proud, who was coming out of the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet. “Unless she just horribly hated the track or something, she looked like she’d be awfully tough to beat here. Of course, I’ve been beat on those kind before.”

The Baffert-trained Proud Citizen filly was sent off at odds-on in the California Oaks and won her first stakes.

“This won’t be the last stakes she wins,” Baze said. “She’s one of those where they’re going to have to pick their spots to avoid some of the really tough ones, but she’s a nice filly.”

Northern California runners Kris Furillo and Tiz Kissable finished second and third in the California Oaks. Each is eligible for a first-level allowance.

gerald More than 1 year ago
Its Tamarando's time to shine. With this surface he just has to be a little closer at the top of the stretch. He is going to be the 20-1 horse to use in the Kentucky Derby. He will love the mile and a 1/4.