07/24/2013 4:25PM

Del Mar: Pacific Classic next for Jeranimo

Benoit & Associates
Jeranimo won the Eddie Read on turf and will switch to Polytrack for the Pacific Classic.

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Jeranimo, winner of the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf last Saturday, will attempt to win his second Grade 1 race of the meeting in the Pacific Classic, trainer Mike Pender said Wednesday.

There had been discussions about sending Jeranimo to Arlington Park for the Arlington Million on Aug. 17, but Pender said the Pacific Classic has more appeal.

“I don’t want to ship,” Pender said. “He likes to run out of his own stall.”

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Owned by B.J. Wright and Robert LaPenta, Jeranimo won his second turf stakes of 2013 in the Eddie Read over 1 1/8 miles. A winner of 10 of 35 starts and $1,400,864, Jeranimo finished eighth in the 2011 Pacific Classic, his most recent start on a synthetic track.

The Pacific Classic is run over 1 1/4 miles, and Pender thinks Jeranimo can get the distance.

“He can run all day,” Pender said. “I think it fits.”

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Kobe’s Back to skip Best Pal

Kobe’s Back, winner of the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds in his debut at Hollywood Park on June 15, is likely to miss the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 4 in favor of the $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4, trainer John Sadler said.

Sadler said that Kobe’s Back had heat in a knee recently, but that X-rays showed no damage.

“I’ll take my time,” Sadler said. “I’m not in a big hurry.”

Purchased for $480,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s sale of 2-year-olds in training, Kobe’s Back closed from last in a field of nine to win the Proctor over 5 1/2 furlongs by a convincing 3 1/4 lengths.

◗ Jockey Gary Stevens will not ride at Del Mar on two of the next three weekends, according to his agent, Craig O’Bryan. Stevens, who has won four races at this meeting, is booked to ride Oxbow in Sunday’s Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park and will spend Saturday traveling to New Jersey. From Aug. 7-11, Stevens will be in England, where he is part of the Shergar Cup program at Ascot on Aug. 10.

John Haas More than 1 year ago
The horse had an awful trip two years ago in this race (watch the replay) and is a true warrior. They were in with a BIG shot that year and everyone close to him knew it. They're not coming back for seconds to be an also ran. Take out the race in the bog at Churchill and the one mile stakes workout for his last race and his form isn't looking so bad. He will surprise, overlook him at your discretion!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Jeranimo did win the Strub on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride, but that was back in 2010. Weather, and the condition of the Arlington course, could have played a factor. The surface for Arlington Million day usually has a little give to it. You have to go back to 2006 and The Tin Man to find an Arlington Million run under 2:02, and have to go back to 2004 and Powercourt's dq time to find something under 2:01. In the 13 runnings of the Arlington Million since it was reinstated in 2000, only 3 have produced final times under 2:02. Given how poorly Jeranimo handled the soft going at Churchill earlier this year, the thought of shipping Jeranimo to Chicago for a less than firm course(and possible high humidity) might not be that attractive. Even so, the Pacific Classic is kind of a stab in the dark. I guarantee that if there were a $1 million turf stakes race being run at Del Mar, they would go in that over the Pacific Classic.
KobesBackdhorse More than 1 year ago
of course i am missing the Best Pal, i announced this a couple of days ago
Matt More than 1 year ago
Feel Better Kobe! See you in Sept ! lol
Dick More than 1 year ago
He doesn't like anything but turf. Watch his races, he ran I believe up the track and 7th two years ago in this race, when he was a better horse. No Idea what they are thinking. Remember what they did with Ultimate Eagle, sending him to Gulfstream Park.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Glad to see Pender try this race, however, if the track stays so speed favoring, he may want to reconsider it.
B More than 1 year ago
Interesting race. Not sure Jeronimo really belongs here, the irritating sucker horse, Dullahan, loves this surface and the best horse in the field, Game On Dude, doesn't. Not sure I want to put any money into this.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Its really not the race for him. Del Mar's poly does not play well for deep closers. I think this is a poor choice of spots. I love watching and rooting for Jeranimo, but come on find a better spot or wait for Santa Anita.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The connections better be careful, they will get lynched by the mob commenting about Menzote. Jeronimo is too old to be racng, so say the know it alls!
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
The classic is an interesting spot. I thought for sure they would set him up for a run at the BC Grass mile. He's so sharp right now. Going a mile and quarter on the synthetic will dull him no doubt. It's a gamble. The west coast handicap horses are nothing this summer. He'll need someone to pressure GOD.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does DRF allow this garbage to even get posted?
PATrickB More than 1 year ago
Go post your BS somewhere else!!!