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First Two Finishers In El Camino Real Derby Look To Be Bound For Kentucky
Tamarando and Dance With Fate, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields, exited the race in good order and will likely make their next starts in Kentucky.
Tamarando came from last in a field of eight to win the 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby by a half-length over Dance With Fate, who took second by 2 1/4 lengths over 6-5 favorite Enterprising.
“He came out of the race real well,” said Jerry Hollendorfer of Tamarando, who earned his third career stakes victory. All three of Tamarando’s stakes wins have come on synthetic surfaces as he captured the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Polytrack, the Real Quiet Stakes on Betfair Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track, and the El Camino Real Derby on Tapeta.
Hollendorfer said he is looking at the Grade 3 $550,000 Spiral Stakes, a 1 1/8-mile race that will be run March 22 at Turfway Park, as a possible next race for Tamarando. Turfway Park is located in Florence, Kentucky, and has a synthetic (Polytrack) racing surface.
The El Camino Real Derby is an official Kentucky Derby prep and Tamarando earned 10 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby with his victory. Dance With Fate collected four points, Enterprising earned two points and fourth-place finisher Puppy Manners picked up one point.
In the Spiral Stakes, Kentucky Derby qualifying points will be awarded as follows: 50-20-10-5.
Trainer Peter Eurton reported Dance With Fate came out of the El Camino Real Derby “fine” and that he has a race picked out for his colt.
“It will definitely be the Blue Grass Stakes,” said Eurton, referring to the 1 1/8-mile race that will be run April 12 at Keeneland. “It’s 60 days, which is pretty long (between starts), but I think he’ll like that surface.”
Keeneland is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and has a synthetic (Polytrack) surface. The Blue Grass Stakes is a Grade 1 race with a $750,000 purse. Qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby will be distributed in the Blue Grass as follows: 100-40-20-10.
Trainer Tom Proctor said Enterprising came out of the El Camino Real Derby “good.” “I haven’t thought about his next start yet,” responded Proctor when asked about Enterprising’s next assignment.
Zeewat Favored In Lost In The Fog -- Zeewat, the 2013 California Derby winner who most recently finished fourth in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in Monday’s $50,000-added Lost in the Fog Stakes.
The Lost In The Fog, a six-furlong sprint for older horses, is the feature event on a special Presidents’ Day racing program that begins at 12:45 p.m. Post time for the Lost In The Fog, the seventh race on the card, is 3:45 p.m.
The field for the Lost In The Fog, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Zeewat, Russell Baze, 8-5; Administer, Juan Hernandez, 3-1; Tizaplayer, Dennis Carr, 9-2; Mah Gellin, Abel Cedillo, 10-1; No Silent, Flavien Prat,
5-2; and Ourwestcoastghost, Frank Alvarado, 15-1.