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Tamarando provides an ample substitute in El Camino Real Derby

  • Tamarando figures to be running late in the El Camino Real Derby (Benoit Photo)

Grade 1 winner Tamarando heads a field of eight entered for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Jerry Hollendorfer originally planned to run California Derby winner Exit Stage Left in the 1 1/8-mile event instead, but called an audible when the unbeaten colt was injured last week.

The El Camino Real Derby offers points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top four finishers as part of the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series.

Tamarando is one of two runners in the El Camino Real Derby field for his Hall of Fame trainer along with California Derby fourth-placer Puppy Manners. Russell Baze has the call on the likely favorite and Frank Alvarado rides Puppy Manners.

After capturing a California-bred maiden special weight at Del Mar, Tamarando jumped straight to stakes company with an upset win in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. The Bertrando colt went on to record a pair of fast-closing thirds in the Grade 1 FrontRunner and restricted Golden State Juvenile before returning to the winner's circle in the Real Quiet in late November. He concluded his juvenile season with a third in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, finishing behind eventual champion Shared Belief and last week's Robert B. Lewis winner Candy Boy.

Tamarando was no match for the impressive California Chrome when opening 2014 in the California Cup Derby on January 25, but managed to be a clear second. A three-time winner on synthetics, the colt will be making his first start on the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Enterprising merits respect in his second start over the track for Tom Proctor. Winner of the grassy Eddie Logan two starts previously, the son of Elusive Quality offered a fine run to be a half-length second in the California Derby as the 9-5 favorite. Gary Stevens, who was up for the colt's first three starts before missing the California Derby, will be in to ride.

California Derby third-placer Infosec also returns for El Camino Real Derby. Isaias Enriquez retains the mount for conditioner Frank Lucarelli.

Dance With Fate merits respect following a facile triumph in a turf optional claimer at Santa Anita January 24. Runner-up in both the FrontRunner and Del Mar Futurity, the Peter Eurton-trained colt was making his first start since an unplaced effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Aaron Gryder picks up the mount.

Irish Group 3 winner Craftsman, fifth as the favorite when making his U.S. debut n the Eddie Logan, will make his second start stateside for Simon Callaghan. Maiden scorer I'll Wrap It Up will represent the Doug O'Neill stable, and Bob Baffert has entered Icy Ride, who is winless from four career outings.