07/20/2013 9:42PM

Del Mar: Jeranimo comes from far back to take Eddie Read

Benoit & Associates
Jeranimo, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, draws clear to win the Grade 1 Eddie Read by 1 1/2 lengths.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Last of nine on the first turn, Jeranimo trailed by 15 lengths in the first half-mile of Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar, a position that was little concern to co-owner B.J. Wright.

As Fed Biz and Slim Shadey set quick fractions of 23.22 and 46.23 seconds, Wright said he thought jockey Rafael Bejarano had made the right decision to keep Jeranimo well off the pace.

“I thought he’d win,” Wright said.

The rest of the viewing audience may not have shared his opinion until the final furlong when Jeranimo roared home with a wide rally to win the seventh stakes of his career.

Sent off favored, Jeranimo ($7.80) was timed in 1:45.80 for 1 1/8 miles on turf, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of the 23-1 outsider Vagabond Shoes. Fly Lexis Fly, a 37-1 shot who was supplemented for $3,000 last Wednesday, finished third after leading with a furlong remaining.

Fed Biz survived the speed duel to finish fourth, followed by Barocci, Cogito, Middle, Slim Shadey, and Sofast, the 3-1 second choice.

The Read was the first win for the 7-year-old Jeranimo since the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita in January. He finished seventh on a wet turf course in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 4 and was fourth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 30.

“I think that last race set him up for this,” Wright said.

Even though Jeranimo was favored in the Read, trainer Mike Pender defended the horse’s record following the recent losses.

 “It feels surreal to say that he redeemed himself,” Pender said. “He had nothing to prove.

“When there is speed, he is able to shine. He’s pretty versatile. He can sit off the pace or come from behind.”

The victory was worth $180,000 for Wright and co-owner Robert LaPenta. Jeranimo has won 10 of 35 starts and $1,400,864.

In the winner’s circle, Wright and Pender said Jeranimo could start in the $1 million Arlington Million on turf at Arlington Park on Aug. 17 or the $1 million Pacific Classic here on the main track on Aug. 25.

Jeranimo was eighth in the Pacific Classic in 2011, his most recent start on a surface other than turf.



Wesley Wright More than 1 year ago
Trevor did not notice Jeranimo making up ground coming into the stretch. I saw the silks of Jeranimo but did not hear his name until he was taking the lead.
Kelly Frazier More than 1 year ago
Once again Jeranimo beats a weak field of California horses. Look at his record outside of California. Another low beyer for a grade I.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
You had better do more research before commenting on Jeranimo. I have too much respect for this horse to let such a comment slide You write that "Once again" Jeranimo beats a weak field. Once again, meaning that most, if not all, his triumphs have been against weak fields. Let's take a look at the record. First of all, Jeranimo has won 7 graded stakes, 2 grade 1s, and $1.4 million. That's not easy to do. Either he has some talent or he's been the luckiest horse in the world to keep on meeting weak fields. Jeranimo's first graded stakes win was in the 2010 gr.2 Strub. That field included 5 other graded stakes winners including next out gr.1 Big Cap winner Misremembered(who had won the Indiana Derby and run 2nd by a nose to Blame in the Clark), and 6-time grade 1 winner and future Eclipse champion Acclamation. So, check this in the NOT A WEAK FIELD box. Jeranimo's next graded stakes win came in the 2010 gr.2 San Gabriel. He beat 6 other graded stakes winners that day, including Proudinsky, a 5-time graded stakes winner throughout the country(and who ran Big Brown to a neck in the Monmouth Turf Cup), and The Usual QT, a 2-time grade 1 winner who in his previous start had run 3rd in the 2010 Breeder's Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. So, check this in the NOT A WEAK FIELD box. Jeranimo's 3rd graded stakes win came in the 2011 gr.2 Oak Tree Mile, in which he earned a 108 BEYER! He defeated 4 other graded or group winners, including Mr. Commons(2 graded stakes wins and 8 additional graded stakes placings), Crown of Thorns(multiple graded stakes winner), and 4-time graded stakes winner Monterey Jazz. It wasn't a great field, but it was NOT A WEAK FIELD. Jeranimo's 4th graded stakes win came in the 2011 gr.2 Citation. I'll concede it was a sub-par field for the Citation and for a grade 2. Jeranimo's 5th graded stakes win, and 1st grade 1, came in the 2012 Shoemaker Mile. That field included 3-time grade 1 winner Little Mike, 4-time Argentine group 1 winner and horse of the year and US grade 1 winner Suggestive Boy, multiple graded stakes winners Mr. Commons, Liberian Freighter, and Hudson Landing, as well as Eastern graded stakes winner Corporate Jungle(a next out 2nd to Wise Dan in the Fourstardave). So, NOT A WEAK RACE. His 6th graded stakes win in the 2012 gr.2 San Gabriel, came against a subpar field for the level. the same could be said of Saturday's gr.1 Eddie Read. However, let's give some time for the Read field to sink or swim before declaring it poor. I think even you would now have to concede that more than half of Jeranimo's 7 graded stakes wins came against quality field totally appropriate for the class level. And his other grade 1 win in the Shoemaker was a totally legit grade 1. As for Jeranimo's races outside California, he has started twice in turf races outside California. The 2nd came in this year's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic and it appears to be a complete throw-out given it was run over a bog that Jernaimo had no experience running over before. Middie, who finished ahead of Jeranimo that day, was left in his dust in the Eddie Read. And Jeranimo is not going to beat Wise Dan on any type of surface anyways. The 1st race came in the 2011 BC Mile. Jeranimo ran 7th, beaten 5.5 lengths. But that's the highest level of turf racing. No one here is claiming that Jeranimo is among the very elite national or international milers. Jeranimo achieved basically the same result in last year's BC Mile, 6th beaten 4.5 lengths, when it was held at Santa Anita. So, the fact the 2011 BC Mile was run outside Cali is not the key point; the key point is that the 2011 BC Mile, like the 2012 BC Mile, is the most elite turf mile race in North America and Jeranimo just isn't quite good enough to win at that level. Instead of coming on this article and spewing only negatives, I wish people could better appreciate the positives as well. If your main point is that the Read field was subpar and you don't think Jernaimo can compete with elite milers like Wise Dan and Obviously, that fine, and it just so happens to be what I believe as well. However, if you couldn't also recognize and acknowledge the extent of Jeranimo's accomplishments, his many quality wins, and his admirable durablility, then I find that sad.
Gene More than 1 year ago
“When there is speed, he is able to shine. He’s pretty versatile. He can sit off the pace or come from behind.” Quite an intelligent quote....
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Always liked this horse. Chalk up another strong performance for the veterans, go Jeranimo!
Dick More than 1 year ago
Huge hearted horse!
John More than 1 year ago
Espinoza can't ride anymore. So many chances. Should hang them up.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
$7.80 was a gift. He wins against the second tier of the turf division and and is up against it when put in with the best. He's as honest as they come and a treat to watch.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Great comment.