The field for the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is rapidly coming together and is still headlined by Cal-bred star Tamarando.
Listed in order of preference by stakes coordinator Tia Murphy, the probables are:
Tamarando, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer
We Miss Artie, Todd Pletcher
Solitary Ranger, Wayne Catalano
Asserting Bear, Reade Baker
Coastline, Mark Casse
Harry’s Holiday, Mike Maker
Arctic Slope, Ken McPeek
Big Bazinga, Katerina Vassilieva
All Tied Up, Todd Pletcher
Almost Famous, Pat Byrne
Smart Cover, Dale Romans
Tourist, Bill Mott
Others are still under consideration. A maximum of 12 horses may enter each race, with preference given first to winners of graded stakes in grade order, then to stakes winners, and finally highest career earnings. If the race is oversubscribed, two with the least eligibility may remain on the also-eligible list in order of preference.
With $625,120 in earnings and 10 starts, Tamarando is one of the most experienced horses expected for this year’s Spiral Stakes. Eight of those races came in his 2-year-old season, which he finished with three wins including the Del Mar Futurity, one second, and three thirds. The ambitious opening season was dictated by the horse.
“He’s been very sound, and he was doing everything we asked him to do,” said Hollendorfer, “so we ran him. He fits in this race. It looks like a good spot.”
In his first start this year, Tamarando was second to the impressive California Chrome in the state-restricted California Cup Derby at Santa Anita. The win in the El Camino Real came next, with Tamarando coming wide with his trademark big late run to get up by half a length over multiple Grade 1-placed Dance With Fate.
Tamarando had his final pre-Spiral work Sunday on the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields. The Bertrando colt was one of two to cover seven furlongs that day and finished the distance in 1:28 flat. Russell Baze was aboard for the first time for the El Camino Real and is expected to ride Saturday.
Edited Turfway Park release