08/10/2012 3:42PM

Del Mar: McAnally, Talamo like their chances with import in Pacific Classic

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Suggestive Boy, with Joe Talamo riding, wins the Wickerr.

DEL MAR, Calif. – There is no hiding the anticipation of trainer Ron McAnally or jockey Joe Talamo these days, because they firmly believe they can pull off a mild upset in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 26 with Suggestive Boy, the talented South American import who worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 on Polytrack on Friday morning at Del Mar.

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“He went real good,” McAnally said at his barn after the drill. “Talamo said he skipped over it. He really liked the way he handled it. I liked the way he did it. He didn’t ask him for anything. Boy, he reaches. He’s got such a long stride.”

McAnally won the Pacific Classic in 2003 with another South American import, Candy Ride, who turned in one of the most dazzling performances even seen at this track.

Candy Ride, though, was a known commodity on dirt, the main-track surface back then, whereas Suggestive Boy will be making his first start on Polytrack. To date, Suggestive Boy has raced exclusively on turf, including his only two races in this country. He most recently won the Wickerr Stakes here on July 25 after finishing second in the Shoemaker Mile in his United States debut.

Gary More than 1 year ago
Take Control is going to blossom into an animal in this race. He's cranked and ready to go.
Gary More than 1 year ago
Just saw where he was not training...on the shelve.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Who is ? Take Control ? That was my bet for this race.By hook and crook Baffert has the 5 best dirt horses on the west coast,which shows what a joke Cal. racing is
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Not fast enough and completely outclassed, no shot.
Juan Arrieta More than 1 year ago
thats why he was the best horse in South America 2 years straight. Put the pipe down and pay attention. Acclaimation great horse but this year has beat no one. Suggestive boy got great Trainer and comeing into his own in the states.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
This thread was about Take Control, but to talk about Suggestive Boy, you're right that he's coming into his own and that's not in Candy Ride or Invasor's level. There are 3 horses that have run much faster than him in the Pacific Classic field, he's not even as fast as Dullahan on Polytrack. That's why he has no shot of winning the race, minor awards maybe.
Juan Arrieta More than 1 year ago
I think that Take Control because of the bloodlines should just hang it up and go to the shed.. His bloodlines are awesome.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
They're smoking. Suggestive Boy will be a sucker bet in the Pacific Classic. No shot, off the board.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Wake up dude Mcnally specializes in this spot; with imports.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
You're a funny man. You say it with a straight face like you actually know something profound. The only thing Suggestive Boy and Candy Ride has in common is that they are both great names for a drag queen. And by the way, one has to win the race more than once to be considered a "specialist".
Juan Arrieta More than 1 year ago
me too. love D. Warrens horse but Suggestive a legit threat.
B More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Acclamation, this one worries me.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Don't worry about him, worry about Richard's Kid instead.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Richard's kid is the sucker bet, man where you been.
Grass Is Greener More than 1 year ago
Yeah...please don't bet him.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
I hope Ron wins it. He is a Gentleman. Talamo is a Riding Star at Delmar. I Love the Turf to Dirt or in this case Polytrack - Angle.