01/15/2013 3:37PM

Santa Anita notes: Jeranimo eyeing Arlington Million

Benoit & Associates
Jeranimo is likely to make his next start in the San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 9.

Jeranimo’s win in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on turf Sunday has left trainer Mike Pender and owner B.J. Wright with the long-term goal of starting the 7-year-old in the Arlington Million in August.

Jeranimo won his sixth stakes in the San Gabriel over 1 1/8 miles and is likely to appear in the $150,000 San Marcos Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf Feb. 9, Pender said.

Jeranimo won the San Gabriel in December 2010 and was second in the race in January 2012.

“With a little luck, he’d have swept the San Gabriel three years in a row,” Pender said.

In Sunday’s race, Jeranimo closed from last in a field of seven to win by 2 3/4 lengths, his first stakes win since the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park last June. Watching the replay on an infield television, Pender could not contain his excitement when Jeranimo swept to the lead.

“No one beats Jeranimo from there,” he said.

Demonic ready for two turns

Demonic, a highly regarded 3-year-old colt by Bernardini, has seen the last of sprints after winning his debut over seven furlongs against maidens Sunday.

“He’s a distance horse,” trainer John Sadler said. “That will be his only sprint. We can get him around two turns in his next race.”

Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Demonic closed from fifth in a field of eight to win by a head after a wide rally. He ran seven furlongs in 1:22.89, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 88.

“He got the job done,” Sadler said. “It had been nine days since his last workout, but he overcame it.”

Sadler said that he and owners Lee and Susan Searing “hadn’t gotten there” regarding Demonic’s next start. An allowance race around two turns is a possibility. The next two stakes for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita are both at 1 1/16 miles – the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes on Feb. 2 and the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 9.

“You’ll see a lot of improvement” at a distance, Sadler said. “He wants to run a mile and an eighth.”