Berkeley, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tamarando, ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, worked through the stretch to catch the leaders and win Saturday's $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Tamarando went off as the 2-1 second pick behind 13-10 favorite Enterprising in the eight-horse field. Dance With Fate was the 7-2 third choice and left from the outside post.
Setting the pace in the 1 1/8-mile stakes was I'll Wrap It Up with Enterprising right behind. Dance With Fate was running near the front on the outside while Tamarando was off the pace in last. .
Around the final turn, I'll Wrap It Up, Enterprising and Dance With Fate pulled away from the field. Tamarando came from the outside advancing toward the leaders.
At the top of the stretch, Enterprising and Dance With Fate shared the lead as Tamarando began to move forward. The three colts battled down the stretch with Tamarando edging out to post a half-length victory.
"I always like to do it for Jerry," Baze said after winning his ninth El Camino Real Derby. "He has been so supportive of me throughout the years. It's just so great to it for him.
"It didn't look like there was going to be much pace in it, there wasn't much of a pace. This horse has shown in the past that he's got very good tactical (speed) where he doesn't have to be last by a 100 miles. He laid very close to a slow pace, just wheeled him out in the clear and just let him do his thing and he got there for me."
Dance With Fate finished second followed by Enterprising, Puppy Manners, Infosec, Icy Ride, Craftsman and I'll Wrap It Up.
The time for the El Camino Real was 1:51.23 on Golden Gate's synthetic main track.
The 1 1/8-mile stakes is part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series. Tamarando picked up 10 points toward a spot in the Run for the Roses on May 3. The colt also earned $120,000 for the victory. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, Tamarando has banked $625,120 with four wins in 10 starts.
Hollendorfer recorded his sixth victory in the race. Tamarando was filling in for stablemate and California Derby winner Exit Stage Left who is injured.
Tamarando was second to California Chrome in last month's California Cup Derby at Santa Anita. As a 2-year-old he posted wins in the Del Mar Futurity and Real Quiet Stakes, and was third in the FrontRunner, Golden State Juvenile and CashCall Futurity.
Tamarando returned $6.60, $4.00 and $2.20. Dance With Fate paid $4.60 and $2.60, and Enterprising paid $2.10 to show.