12/26/2013 8:09PM

Santa Anita: Gervinho gets to wire first in Sir Beaufort

Benoit & Associates
Gervinho, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, narrowly prevails over Procurement in the Sir Beaufort for 3-year-olds.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Gervinho had to work a little harder than expected to win his first graded stakes in Thursday’s $201,000 Sir Beaufort Stakes at Santa Anita.

Turning into the stretch of the one-mile turf race, Gervinho was pushed wide by a chain reaction of trouble, but recovered to prevail by a head over Procurement in the field of nine 3-year-olds. Gervinho ($9) was timed in 1:33.47.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano was left impressed by Gervinho’s rally in the final quarter-mile. The colt was eighth in a field of nine with a furlong remaining.

 “I almost clipped heels,” Bejarano said. “After that, I had to get him going again. He was running. He was definitely the best horse in the race.”

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the incident near the quarter-pole and disqualified Outside Nashville from third to fourth. Outside Nashville finished in a dead heat with Si Sage for third, but the disqualification left Si Sage as the only third-place finisher. Outside Nashville and Si Sage finished a nose behind Procurement.

Dice Flavor finished fifth, followed by Tom’s Tribute, No Jet Lag, Horizontalyspeakin, and Tiz a Minister.

No Jet Lag was the 7-5 favorite. No Jet Lag was near a quick early pace of 23 and 45.19 seconds set by Horizontalyspeakin and faded through the final furlong.

Gervinho races for Santa Anita chairman Keith Brackpool and trainer Carla Gaines. A California-bred by Unusual Heat, Gervinho won the Oceanside Stakes on July 17, the opening day of the Del Mar meeting earlier this year.

Gervinho lost his next three starts, including a fourth in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 1 before winning the Grade 2 Sir Beaufort.

As late as Thursday morning, Gaines was unsure whether to run Gervinho.

“I was fussing over him,” Gaines said in the winner’s circle. “He was a little quiet this morning and I was concerned. I’m a worrywart trainer.”

Gervinho has won 4 of 9 starts and $422,140. The Grade 2 Sir Beaufort Stakes was Gervinho’s third stakes win. He won the minor Zuma Beach Stakes on turf for 2-year-olds in October 2012 before finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita in November 2012.

Gervinho was sidelined with a knee injury following that race, and returned to racing in June.


Albert Barsanti More than 1 year ago
Procurement , actually ran one hell of a race! He had to duck inside, then go through traffic. Next time, he romps.....
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
The race set up nicely for Gervino and this one mile appears to be his best distance on turf, let's hope he stays healthy and continues to improve.
Mike D More than 1 year ago
Didnt gaines get suspended for drug positive?
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Gene Martin More than 1 year ago
Gee, the entire DRF reading public cares what YOU bet... Egomaniac!
Jack Twee More than 1 year ago
Terrible ride by rosario.
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
They went way too fast early 1;08,i would of liked if smith would have taken back.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I think when Smith saw No Jet Lag close he probably thought the splits were slow. You'll get a better price on Tom's Tribute next race.
Jack Twee More than 1 year ago
Smith's horse wasn't problem it was rosario with the 8 horse.what was rosario doing pushing the pace?