Updated on 01/25/2013 3:42PM

Santa Anita: LaPenta acquires share in Jeranimo; horse will move to Chad Brown’s barn

Benoit & Associates
Jeranimo will move to trainer Chad Brown's barn later this year.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Six-time stakes winner Jeranimo was partially sold by owner B.J. Wright to Robert LaPenta earlier this week and will be transferred to trainer Chad Brown in the East this spring.

Where Jeranimo starts in the interim was unclear as of Thursday, Wright said.

The winner of the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on turf at Santa Anita in his last start Jan. 13, Jeranimo, 7, is being considered for races such as the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on dirt March 2 or the $5 million Dubai Duty Free over about 1 1/8 miles on turf at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 30.

“At this moment, I don’t have a specific race in mind,” Wright said. “The Big Cap is a possibility. I think we need to try him on the dirt, and I don’t think we have anything to lose.”

Jeranimo is currently with trainer Mike Pender in California. Wright said that Pender will continue to train Jeranimo until “mid-spring,” when the horse will be sent to Brown.

LaPenta “likes Chad Brown and I like Chad Brown,” Wright said. “I think Pender is the most underrated trainer around. We feel we will be covered with these two top trainers.”

The terms of the deal were not announced. According to a statement released by a publicist on behalf of Wright, LaPenta acquired a “significant share.”

In a brief statement that he read Thursday, Pender said, “B.J. Wright has been very instrumental to help build a [stable] of Grade 1 winners for me. What priorities are in his best interest, I fully support.”

Jeranimo won the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Betfair Hollywood Park last June. A 7-year-old by Congaree, Jeranimo was sold as a racing and stallion prospect. He has won 9 of 32 starts and $1,197,400.

Wright said the 2013 season could be Jeranimo’s last on the racetrack, pending a conversation with LaPenta.

“When the year is up, we’ll see if we want to keep racing,” he said.

akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Why put this horse back on dirt when he clearly loves turf. Jeranimo has not raced on dirt since his early career and tackling the handicap horses on a surface he hasn't raced on in a long time might hurt him. Especially since horses are breaking down everyday on that hard surface at Santa Anita. I think the best bet would be to run in Dubai in the Duty Free. Also I thinks he's run on the Tapeta at Golden Gate so maybe he could run in the World Cup but I think the turf is where he wants to be.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Most likely La Penta didn't make a good deal and he will find that out real soon. Stay tuned for this one.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Just what we need here, another leaving CA, is it now CA here I GO ?
NotMike More than 1 year ago
You can't expect seven year old Grade 1 winners to race that long. Be Happy that you saw him as long as you can.
Mario Vargas More than 1 year ago
It was probably an offer B.J. Wright couldn't refuse. Bob LaPlenta obviously proposed a sweet deal and the man has the cash. Look forward to Jeranimo's career as a stud.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Great horse, especially off a layoff. His last race was huge! We sent in in on him that day and he rolled in the stretch!!!
Mike B More than 1 year ago
Guy has a point. Real risk of losing owners, fans, and bettors. For the ones lost by syndicates, you could lose a whole group of owners (that collectively pay the bills). They may not buy another right away (this is the case with me). And the individual owners may have six figures invested that is now lost (money that he/she can't reinvest in the sport). And you can lose the casual bettor crowd brought to tears by the deaths. And someone in Stronach better take notice before a PETA crowd of naked protestors blocks the gates and makes national news, marginalizing the sport and getting legislators and public official's attention. The catastrophic horse injuries are bad all around: bad publicity, bad financially, bad for fan and owner base, and bad/dangerous for jockeys. This seems like the bigger story at SA than some of the stakes races right now. The dirt is actually sand (minor silt/clay) on aggregate that seems to be taking a toll on the front legs, putting lots of miles on the horse ambulance.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Well said Mike B.........Not one publication or website is covering the 'enormous" amount of breakdowns, vanned off horses etc at Santa Anita...they cannot afford to cover it....if it keeps up they will have nothing to write about. It's disgusting to say the least.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Two more horses pulled up and/or vanned off today at Santa Anita..and the DRF and everyone else continues to ignore the issue. Why am I surprised. And people wonder why Horse Racing cannot attract new fans and supporters.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Horses can be pulled up or eased for a variety of reasons besides an injury. A more telling stat would be the number of horses injured on the day. In any event, the article is about Jeranimo, an admirably tough veteran, and his eventual departure from the Mike Pender barn. Pender and Jeranimo are synonomous to me, as both have helped each other climb to the highest levels and biggest races of the sport. And I had wondered if someone would perhaps make a bid for Jeranimo as a stallion prospect. He's been running so frequently and for so long out here in California that it's easy to forget that he's an intact horse. I know Congaree isn't particularly fashionable, but Jeranimo is a millionaire and 6-time graded stakes winner, with graded wins on turf and synth. I'm not too keen about a start on dirt in the Big Cap or taking him all the way to Dubai(it's hit or miss in Dubai, either hit really big or the horse is on the sidelines for half the year). And sadly, as a fan living in California, I can understand why LaPenta would want to take him back East for the summer and fall given the greater and more lucrative opportunities for turf horses back there. California has two grade 1 turf races for older males at a mile(Kilroe, Shoemaker), and one grade 1 at 9 furlongs(Read), but none beyond 9 furlongs. If the plan was to try and stretch out Jeranimo, going East is almost a prerequisite.
Chris More than 1 year ago
Your right but did everybody see the great job that Joe Talamo did in pulling this horse up and saving him look for the good instead of the bad all the time.