Del Mar Futurity (Grade I)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
JULIEN LEPAROUX (Tamarando, winner) – “Jerry (trainer Jerry Hollendorfer) just told me to ride it as it came up. To get a spot and see what happens. From the outside post, I knew I was going to probably wind up going wide, but that was OK. He’s the kind of horse who wants to run from the back, so that’s what we were ready to do. I felt I could move well with him at any point. He just felt strong. He’s a handy horse. And I think the farther the better with him. Definitely the farther the better.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Dance With Fate, second) – “He ran well, but he’s still learning. It was a good race for him and he’ll be even better the next time.”
MARTIN GARCIA (Can the Man, third) – “He tried to make the gap (the opening coming past the six-furlong marker) on me. He green; he’s a baby. But he can really run. He’s a nice horse and you’ll hear more from him.”
ALONSO QUINONEZ (Alberts Hope, fourth) – “I was in a good position with him. I liked what was happening and I thought he’d pick it up late. But he only ran in spots. He’s still a little green. He’s going to get better.”
JOE TALAMO (Guns Loaded, fifth) – “He broke like a shot and I was right there at the quarter pole. But I got outrun late. Better to come from him.”
MARIO GUTIERREZ (Indexical, seventh) – “He just ran out of gas.”
PAT VALENZUELA (Rum Point, ninth) – “That last part, I just had nothing to kick with.”
JERRY HOLLENDORFER (Tamarando, winner) -- “We loved this horse at seven furlongs. I was thinking about running in the Cal-bred (I’m Smokin, Monday at 6 furlongs) but we decided to go for the big moment. I guess I’m glad we did now. I’ve never won this race before, so it’s a special moment and a special horse. I don’t think it (two races of experience) hurt him. We wanted to win first time out but we didn’t do that. He came back and won second time and now this, so he looks like a pretty good candidate to do something next year. I was a little disappointed that he was as far back early as he was, but apparently that’s the way he wants to run.”
SPLITS: :22.60 :45.14 1:09.88 1:23.07
The stakes win was the first in the Del Mar Futurity for Leparoux, but his seventh of the meeting, the most by any rider at the session. He now has eight Del Mar stakes wins.
The stakes win was the first in the Del Mar Futurity for Hollendorfer, but his fifth of the meet. He now has 20 stakes wins at Del Mar.
Mr.-Mrs. Larry D. Williams are from Boise, Idaho.
Tamarando was bred in California by the Williams’ and is by the now-pensioned sire Bertrando, who won this same Del Mar Futurity in 1991, when trained by Bruce Headley. Bertrando went on to win the Pacific Classic in 1993 and was named champion Older Horse that year for trainer Robert Frankel.