02/03/2013 6:13PM

Santa Anita: Arcadia win propels Suggestive Boy to likely start in Kilroe Mile

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Shigeki Kikkawa
The March 2 Frank Kilroe Mile is a logical spot for Suggestive Boy's next race.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Suggestive Boy will have a 2013 campaign primarily on turf after a successful start to the season in Saturday’s $152,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita.

A three-time Group 1 winner on turf in Argentina in 2011, Suggestive Boy won his first graded stakes in the United States in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes over a mile on turf.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Suggestive Boy overcame a draw from post 12 in a field of 13 to score a convincing win by 2 1/2 lengths. The victory has left trainer Ron McAnally considering the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile, a Grade 1 over a mile on turf on March 2, for Suggestive Boy’s next start.

“That would be pretty good,” McAnally said.

Owned by Jose Cerillo, who races as Pozo de Luna, Inc., Suggestive Boy was ambitiously campaigned on turf, dirt, and synthetic tracks in 2012.

He won the restricted Wickerr Stakes on turf at Del Mar last July, but was later fifth in the Pacific Classic on a synthetic track at Del Mar in August, fifth in the Awesome Again Stakes on dirt here in September, and seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Mile here on turf in November.

“I think turf is his game,” McAnally said. “He seems to run his best races there.”

A winner of 6 of 12 starts and $497,310, Suggestive Boy won the Jockey Club Stakes over about 1 1/4 miles on turf in Argentina in October 2011, easily beating Chuck Berry, a Group 1 winner that year in Argentina.

In the Arcadia, Suggestive Boy closed from seventh with a wide trip.

McAnally’s confidence soared when Talamo was able to save some ground going into the first turn.

“My only concern was drawing the [12] hole,” McAnally said. “After he moved over, I thought he had a chance.”

Wilkinson and Silentio, who were second and third in the Arcadia, are also being considered for the Kilroe, trainers Jeff Mullins and Gary Mandella indicated on Sunday.