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Keeping It Real

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 2/17/2014 8:32:15 PM

One of the keys to winning the Kentucky Derby is the ability to get the classic distance of a mile and a quarter and online sports betting site players got an inkling on Saturday that Tamarando has every shot to get the journey.

He came from dead last in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate to get up by a half-length despite racing 5 wide.

The son of Bertrando trained by Jerry Hollendorfer closed into very ordinary splits of :24.40, :49.73 and 1:13.98 set by eventually last-race finisher I’ll Wrap It Up.

The favorite Enterprising was chasing the leader most of the way but was overtaken by Dance With Fate at the top of the lane. That runner tracked just off the pace, pushed to the front in deep stretch, but could not hold off Tamarando.

The winner was timed in 1:51.23 for the 9 furlongs and he earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure. Last year Dice Flavor won the El Camino in 1:51.45 recording an 88 went on to win a Grade 2 on grass later in the year.

Tamarando has a right to get the Kentucky Derby distance. His sire won multiple Graded races at a mile and a quarter, he dam was a proven horse betting runner and he has siblings that carried speed a route of ground.

Daddy Nose Best won the El Camino in 2012 in 1:50.46 with a 93 Beyer and went on to win nearly $950,000.

The last time Hollendorfer won this race came in 2009 and that win proved to be very important. Chocolate Candy greeted the cameraman that year after earned a 94 Beyer and then he proved it was no fluke by running second beaten a length in the Kentucky Derby to rank outsider Mine That Bird.

Casual Likes won the El Camino 22 years ago and returned to run 2nd beaten a length in the Kentucky Derby. So the precedent is there that this race could be important.

Russell Baze was aboard Tamarando and this was his 9th El Camino win. Baze has won more races in North America than any human. He is at 12,229 and counting and he was happy with the El Camino, Baze: “He was lying closer than normal for him and doing it within himself. I had to ask him to start moving at the three-eighths pole because I knew they had a lot of horse in front of us. He got me right up there to them and then had enough to push by that horse at the finish line. I took a good horse to run him down and this is a good horse.”

Hollendorfer is not a household name but he is one of the best trainers in the country. He will do what is best for this horse and the next step could be the Spiral Stakes next month at Turfway, Hollendorfer: “He’s very sound, trains very forwardly, and seems happy all the time. We take good care of him and that keeps him thinking positive. I always say a horse has to take you to the Kentucky Derby and if he takes us, then we’ll show up.”

It is what it is.


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