Reserved well off the solid fractions set by 12-1 shot, eventual third place finisher Karma King, Tamarando rallied widest of all to collar the leaders with less than an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away to prevail by 3 1/4 lengths.
Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, the 2-year-old Bertrando colt out of the Dehere mare Tamarack Bay won for the third time in seven starts and pushed his earnings to $355,120. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track was 1:44.22.
Owned by California breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Tamarando, the 5-2 second choice, gave trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his second win in the Real Quiet. The Hall of Famer had won previously with Chocolate Candy in 2008.
Worse than third only once in his career, Tamarando returned $7.40, $3.60 and $2.60.
Third over the Santa Anita Park dirt surface in his initial two starts beyond seven furlongs, Tamarando, who won the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) Sept. 4, will get another crack at a second grade I victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Dec. 14.
“We’ve had some chances to prove ourselves with some of our 2-year-olds this year and we’re just thankful for the opportunity,’’ said Hollendorfer. “I think he’ll definitely run in the CashCall Futurity. He just loves the distance.’’
Bejarano hopes Tamarando can match Liaison , who completed the Real Quiet/CashCall Futurity for him in 2011.
“I used him a little bit early to make sure he didn’t get too far back,’’ he said. “I found my position right away and just went from there. I tried to make a little move at the half mile to get position by the three-eighths. He’s got a real good kick. The distance is the key for him. He can really run.’’
A maiden who had finished second at almost 35-1 in the Golden State Juvenile in his fourth start Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, Electric Eddie gained second by three-quarters of a length. The second longest shot in the field at nearly 22-1, he paid $11.80 and $6.40. The show price on Karma King was $6.60.
The 6-5 favorite on the strength of a 5 1/4-length win in his debut Oct. 24 at Keeneland, Green Mask finished fourth. The Mizzen Mast colt pressed the pace outside Karma King under Kent Desormeaux, but wasn’t good enough late. Green Mask wound up a bit more than six lengths behind the winner.
“He was a little aggressive first time going long,’’ said Desormeaux. “It’s educational for him. He’ll be OK, he just has to listen to his rider.’’