GRADE I WINNER TAMARANDO HEADS FRIDAY’S $200,000 GOLDEN STATE JUVENILE AT SANTA ANITA, FIELD OF NINE FRESHMEN SET TO GO MILE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2013)—Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Tamarando, a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4, heads a field of nine set to go in Friday’s $200,000 Golden State Juvenile at Santa Anita for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Tamarando, by Bertrando, tried two turns for the first time in his most recent start, a third place finish in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on Sept. 28. In the FrontRunner, he was away slowly and hit the side of the starting gate, which resulted in him being far back, next-to-last into the Club House turn, in the 10-horse FrontRunner.
With two wins, a second and a third from five starts—good for earnings of $273,120, Tamarando has been installed as the solid 8-5 morning line favorite.
California Chrome, who rallied late to finish sixth, beaten just two lengths in the seven furlong Del Mar Futurity, is trained by Art Sherman and will try a route of ground for the first time.
A chestnut son of hot sire Lucky Pulpit, California Chrome was an easy winner of the $100,000 Graduation Stakes versus statebreds two starts back on July 31.
Owned by his breeders, Steven Coburn and Martin Perry, California Chrome has $100,850 in earnings from a record of 5-2-1-0.
Hollendorfer will also send out the undefeated Life Is a Joy, a 2-year-old gelding by Globalize who comes off a six-length win in the one mile Charlie Palmer Futurity at The Big Fresno Fair. Off at 7-2, Life Is a Joy won gate to wire in 1:36.88, and earned a Beyer Speed figure of 73.
Owned and bred by Hollendorfer, his wife, Janet, and George Todaro, Life Is a Joy has earnings of $85,330 and he’ll be ridden for the first time by eastern-based Joel Rosario.
The complete field for the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile, with all horses assigned 121 pounds, to be run as the third race on an 11-race card Friday, in post position order with jockeys and morning line: California Chrome, Alberto Delgado, 3-1; Life Is a Joy, Joel Rosario, 9-2; Electric Eddie, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Gangnam Guy, Edwin Maldonado, 9-2; Tribal Mystic, Corey Nakatani, 20-1; Sir Barclay, Chantal Sutherland Kruse, 15-1; Tamarando, Julien Leparoux, 8-5; Cinmars Dance, Alex Bisono, 8-1, and Better Bet, Martin Pedroza, 12-1.
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