08/21/2013 3:02PM

Del Mar: Pacific Classic scenario could benefit Jeranimo

Benoit & Associates
Jeranimo (left) wins the Eddie Read Stakes.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – The large field expected for Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar may work in favor of a proven closer such as Jeranimo.

At least, that’s the way trainer Mike Pender envisions the race unfolding. With runners such as race favorite Game On Dude, the Canadian stakes winner Delegation, and the longshots Blueskiesnrainbows and Endorsement capable of contributing to quick fractions, Pender hopes Jeranimo will be positioned to win the richest race of his career.

“I think Game On Dude will be up against it,” Pender said. “For the most part, it will set up for [horses such as] Dullahan and Jeranimo.”

Dullahan won the 2012 Pacific Classic, and is back from Kentucky for this year’s race.

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A field of 13 is expected. Trainer A.C. Avila said on Wednesday that he plans to start Holding Glory, a Group 1 winner in Brazil last year, and save the Brazilian Group 1 winner Hawk’s Eyes for the $90,000 Harry Brubaker Stakes over a mile on the main track on Aug. 31. Holding Glory was also entered for Saturday’s $200,000 Del Mar Handicap on turf.

Blueskiesnrainbows, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, was a late addition to the Pacific Classic field. The race has one female in the filly Byrama, the winner of the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in June, and a troubled third in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes here on Aug. 4.

Post positions were scheduled to be drawn at a social event on Wednesday evening. The race is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth to the BC Classic at Santa Anita in November.

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The other expected runners are Farraaj, Kettle Corn, Liaison, Richard’s Kid and You Know I Know.

Jeranimo finished eighth of nine in the 2011 Pacific Classic, and did not start in the race last year.

Owned by Robert LaPenta and B.J. Wright, Jeranimo has raced primarily on turf. He has won two stakes this year – the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita and the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes here on July 20. A 7-year-old horse by Congaree, Jeranimo has won 10 of 35 starts and $1,400,864. He won the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita when that track had a synthetic surface.

The Pacific Classic is run over 1 1/4 miles of Polytrack, and will be the longest race of Jeranimo’s career.

“He’s a very adaptable, rateable and kind of horse,” Pender said. “At a mile and a quarter, we’re taking away his turn of foot. This is more of a grinder’s race. If there is a horse that can be adaptable, it’s Jeranimo.”

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Collette Stewart More than 1 year ago
I think there are too many strikes against Game On Dude in the PC. He doesn't really like the Del Mar surface, he won't have Mike Smith aboard, he runs better in a short field , and maybe the post position will hurt him.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
Dullahan is due for another big race, plus hes had some nice workouts for this.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Wise dans connections should have the nads jeranimos connections have,it would make racing much more intriguing
Mark Whalen More than 1 year ago
If only! Dan's the best horse on the planet, and would show it in the Classic.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
When u have a horse like the Dude who runs his heart out every time .. has controlling speed...his track... and California class...It's very hard to bet against him and with having a great trainer to back him up it looks like he's won another Dullahan is scary
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Dude will be over bet.if you like him your probably better just watching him.dullahan rolled by him like he was standing still last year.i realize the track may be more to his liking,it appears theirs even more pace pressure also which won't benefit his style
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
And the 11 hole is no help
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
DRF, is a spam filter too much to ask?
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Completely out of his game. He is one of my favorite horses and I would love to see the old war horse win this, but I can't see it. The added quarter mile takes away his biggest asset. His closing kick. I can't blame them for taking a shot. The alternative is facing Obviously again.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I agree.
Jim More than 1 year ago
Dead on. I have a nice account balance because of Jeranimo and feell obligated to put a saver on him. He will be the "Nates Mineshaft" of this race with a different style. JIMPEREGOY
John Haas More than 1 year ago
I was all over him two years ago and he should have won (his connections were VERY confident going in) if Pedroza wouldn't have lost his marbles at the start (I'd suspect that's why he doesn't ride J anymore). Would have had the pick 4 with the $120 horse to close the day if he had won. If they are half as confident this year as they told us they were two years ago, I wouldn't leave him off your ticket.
Collette Stewart More than 1 year ago
I think Game On Duse has a lot to overcome to win the PC. He likes dirt better, he runs best in a short field, He doesn't have Mike Smith , and his post position might be a factor.