04/26/2012 10:58AM

Golden Gate Fields: San Francisco Mile gets field of 11

Benoit & Associates
Calimonco wins the Sidd Finch Stakes by a half-length over Make Music for Me. He faces Jeranimo, Gallant Son and eight others in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on Saturday.

When reigning Eclipse champion Acclamation was nominated to Saturday’s running of the Grade 2, $150,000 San Francisco Mile for his possible 2012 debut, Golden Gate Fields officials took notice.

When trainer Donald Warren followed Plan A and entered Acclamation in the Grade 3 Inglewood at Hollywood Park, trainers of other San Francisco Mile nominees took notice, and 11 entered runners in Northern California’s top stakes race for older runners.

With that many runners, post position could be important, and two of the main contenders for the one-mile turf race drew bookend posts, with Jeranimo on the rail and Gallant Son on the outside. Calimonco, another who figures to be well backed, drew in the middle of the field in post 6.

Jeranimo is the likely favorite after running second in the Grade 2 San Gabriel and then fourth, beaten only 1 3/4 lengths, in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile in his last start. Both races were on the Santa Anita turf.

Gallant Son, last year’s runner-up, has not run since last August. His last two victories came in turf stakes, the Robert Kerlan Memorial last July and the Grade 3 Inglewood at Hollywood in the spring of 2010. He has been working very well for trainer Frank Lucarelli.

The race should be fairly run, with enough speed to provide a legitimate pace.

Jeranimo has enough speed to settle into a ground-saving position under Mike Smith. He is trained by Michael Pender.

The 6-year-old Gallant Son hasn’t been on the lead since his maiden victory at age 2. He usually makes a late move and jockey Leslie Mawing will probably have to take him back to avoid a wide trip.

Calimonco, trained by John Sadler and to be ridden by Mario Gutierrez, should settle nicely in midpack.

The pace should be provided by Sanger Silver, who has been sprinting, Live Sundays, and Positive Response. Worth Repeating and Mr. Candy Bar are likely to sit back with Gallant Son.

Hudson Landing went off at 17-1 when sixth in the race last year, and has been claimed five times since then, most recently for $50,000 by trainer Blaine Wright for Jared Chappell. Since the Feb. 25 claim, Hudson Landing has won two straight $62,500 claimers.