Exit Stage Left Out, Tamarando In El Camino Real Derby
By Dick Downey
Exit Stage Left was injured during training at Golden Gate Fields the morning of Feb. 8 and has been declared out of the El Camino Real Derby. He would have been one of the favorites if not favored.
The 1 1/8-mile El Camino Real Derby was the obvious target for Exit Stage Left after the New Jersey-bred won the California Derby on Jan. 18 in determined style.
"The horse came back from galloping this morning and was injured," said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, according to an account posted at Bloodhorse.com. "There's no way to know why, or, actually, what happened, but the horse can't run. He's going to have to have some time off and that's all I can tell you."
Exit Stage Left is three-for-three, all in stakes at Golden Gate Fields. He edged favored Enterprising by a half length in the California Derby, and the two were expected to rematch in the El Camino Real Derby. He won the Gold Nugget Stakes in his debut and the Gold Rush Stakes second time out.
Hollendorfer been planning to enter Puppy Manners in the race, and now he will also run Tamarando, who breezed this morning at Santa Anita. Tamarano won the Del Mar Futurity and most recently finished second in the California Cup Derby won by California Chrome.
According the the Blood-Horse report, Russell Baze, regular rider of Exit Stage Left, will ride Tamarando. Entries for the El Camino Real Derby will be taken Feb. 12.