05/14/2013 1:11PM

Hollywood Park: Jeranimo headed to Shoemaker Mile

Benoit & Associates
Jeranimo won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile in 2012.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Jeranimo, a six-time stakes winner who was seventh in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 4, has returned to trainer Mike Pender’s California stable and is being pointed to the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 30.

Jeranimo won the Grade 1 Shoemaker in 2012, his only win at that level.

“We’ll try to defend his title in the Shoemaker,” Pender said.

Owned by B.J. Wright and Robert LaPenta, Jeranimo was last in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, beaten nine lengths by 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan. Pender said that jockey Rafael Bejarano thought that Jeranimo struggled on the yielding turf course.

“He came out of it perfect,” Pender said. Bejarano “felt he wasn’t handling the track at the half-mile pole.”

LaPenta bought into Jeranimo earlier this year. At the time, Wright announced that Jeranimo would spend the second half of the year with trainer Chad Brown on the East Coast, but the Shoemaker has been chosen as an immediate goal. As a result, Jeranimo is still with Pender.

“We’re going with what suits him best,” Pender said.