Tarzanito Wins Grade 1 Go Man Go

The gelding outruns his 11-1 odds on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Sent to post at odds of 11-1, Tarzanito defeated a field that included champion Hold Air Hostage in Sunday's $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Tarzanito, a 4-year-old Favorite Cartel stallion campaigned by A1A Racing LLC, outran his 11-1 odds to win Sunday's $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Eddie Garcia for trainer Yanet Rodriguez, Tarzanito covered 400 yards in :19.614 while defeating 43-1 longshot Royaltys Authority by a neck. Champion Hold Air Hostage, the 9-10 favorite in the full field of 10, finished third, a half of a length behind the winner.

Garcia, 54, became the first jockey at Los Alamitos to reach 150 stakes victories when he rode Black Fryday to victory in the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG3) on July 28.

“This horse has been close before, and we’ve seen him in Grade 1 races,” Garcia said of Tarzanito, who was coming off of a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Vessels Maturity in July. “I’ve always loved this horse. As long as he doesn’t get bumped around and is able to run cleanly, he can be one of the best horses that I’ve ever ridden. He has a real nice stride and his sire, Favorite Cartel, is a son of the Eclipse Award winner Favorite Trick and adds excellent Thoroughbred bloodlines.

"This horse has made our lives so much fun," the rider added. "The owners have always had faith in me and have given me the opportunity to ride this horse. He’s been in million dollar race and has been right there. The horse looks great and he deserves this moment because he’s run so hard for so long.”

Tarzanito was bred in California by Patricia Visscher. The stallion's Go Man Go win resulted in the first Grade 1 victory for A1A Racing LLC, led by Dr. George N. Fallieras.

“It feels wonderful,” Dr. Fallieras said. “We have so much respect for this horse and we always hoped that he would have the opportunity to show his talent. He’s always had some little setback, a bad start or hitting the side of the gate.

"We think he’s so talented and has such a wonderful temperament," he added. "He’s now in the discussion with the great horses at this track.”    

Dr. Fallieras has made an appearance on the nationally syndicated show, The Doctors. He has extensive emergency room, hospital inpatient, ICU, inpatient and outpatient detoxification and outpatient recovery experience. He has served as the medical director for multiple large in-patient hospitalist programs, and he has conducted mission trips to rural Dominican Republic and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Dr. Fallieras graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida. He obtained his M.D. from the University of Tennessee and did his residency training in New Orleans at the Tulane Health Science Center/Charity Hospital.

“I did dual training in internal medicine and pediatrics, but I primarily work in the ICU,” he said after the Go Man Go. “I have to work tomorrow morning, but I’ll have enough adrenaline for the day.”

Raced exclusively in California, Tarzanito has won eight of 16 starts and has earned $347,183. His Go Man Go win will likely give him a berth in the December 15, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1)

Zoomin For Spuds, Chicks Fayvorite, He Looks Hot, Kissed By An Eagle, Rite Regal, LD Is Back, and Unclaimed Dividend completed the order of finish.

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