Racing News

Tamarando Edges Dance With Fate In El Camino Real Derby

     Tamarando, filling in for injured stablemate Exit Stage Left, rallied from last in a field of eight to win the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.  
    Exit Stage Left, an undefeated colt with three stakes victories, sustained a tendon injury one week prior to the El Camino Real Derby.  That prompted Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to go to the bullpen for Tamarando, who is based at Santa Anita.

Comeback King Stevens Rides Favored Enterprising In El Camino Real Derby

     Gary Stevens, the Hall of Fame jockey who came out of retirement in 2013 and enjoyed a banner year, will be at Golden Gate Fields Saturday to ride 5-2 morning line favorite Enterprising in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby.

El Camino Real Derby Features Diverse Cast

     The field for Saturday’s $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields includes a Grade 1 stakes-winner (Tamarando), an Irish-bred horse that won a Group 3 stakes in his homeland (Craftsman), a colt that won a turf stakes at Santa Anita (Enterprising), a horse that competed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Dance With Fate) and a maiden trained by a Hall of Famer (Icy Ride).

Tamarando, Dance With Fate, Enterprising Among Eight In Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby

      Tamarando won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity by a half-length over Dance With Fate.  Dance With Fate beat Tamarando by two lengths while running second in the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.  The two talented colts will meet again Saturday in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

Eight Confirmed For El Camino Real Derby

     Eight 3-year-olds, including Grade 1 stakes-winner Tamarando, are confirmed to start in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Exit Stage Left Out Of El Camino Real Derby

     Exit Stage Left, the undefeated colt who was expected to be among the favorites in the Grade 3 $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on 
Feb. 15, was injured during training Saturday morning at the East Bay racetrack and has been declared from Northern California’s official Kentucky Derby prep.

Be Proud Is Even Money Favorite In California Oaks

     Be Proud, runner-up in a pair of stakes in Southern California last year, will be heavily favored to get her first stakes victory Saturday in the $50,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.
     Golden Gate Fields odds maker Steve Martinelli has made Be Proud an even-money favorite on the California Oaks morning line.  Contributing to Be Proud’s low odds are her Hall of Fame connections – trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Russell Baze.

Henderson, Flores Team Up For Win With 33-1 Astuzia

     Trainer Frances Henderson, who saddled two winners in 2013, and jockey Pablo Flores, who rode five winners last year, teamed up to win the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields Thursday with 33-1 outsider Astuzia.
     Astuzia, winless in 16 starts in 2013 and 0-for-2 this year, broke out of her slump when she rallied from last in a field of five to win a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares by a half-length over Handfull and jockey Russell Baze.  

Baze To Ride Baffert Filly In California Oaks

     Jockey Russell Baze will ride the Bob Baffert-trained filly Be Proud in the $50,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. 
     The Oaks is a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies and the race attracted a field of six.    
Be Proud will break from post position two when she makes her first start outside of Southern California.

Tizaplayer Sets Track Record In Romping Win

     Tizaplayer lowered the Golden Gate Fields track record for 5 1/2-furlongs on Tapeta Sunday when he covered the distance in 1:02.56 while blitzing eight opponents in the seventh race.
     Tizaplayer, trained by Blaine Wright and ridden by Juan Hernandez, won the starter allowance race for older horses by 4 1/2 lengths and easily bested the previous track mark of 1:02.81, set by Urban Hunter on March 17, 2013.