01/15/2013 4:37PM

Santa Anita notes: Jeranimo eyeing Arlington Million

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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.”

Jordan More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Jeranimo since the Strub series of 09'-10'. He's a real honest pro, and extremely explosive on his best days. And against all but the very best continental and international foes, he almost always hits the board(4th or better). I get why Pender and Wright want to experiment and stretch him out. Jeranimo is now 7, and he's already danced all the dances out in Cali for turf milers. They already know Jeranimo is a top turf miler, and now they want to see if he's just as good or better at 10 furlongs+. Plus, the money is better for those distance turf stakes(back East). Stamina is clearly a concern regarding Jeranimo going 10 furlongs. He has tried 10 furlongs twice, but both were on synth(4th in 10' Big Cap, and a near last place finish in the 11' Pacific Classic). There is a possibility that endurance limitations will be offset by the slower paces of distance turf races. If given a slow pace to run at, Jeranimo could be able to conserve enough energy early for his typical explosive stretch run. In contrast, Jeranimo has recently displayed vulnerability in mile races with elite level speed. In two races versus Obviously this past summer and fall, Jeranimo just wasn't able to remain in contact through brilliant opening splits, and consequently was left with far too much to do in the lane. Of course, if the pace of these distance races is too slow, it will be difficult for Jeranimo to be able to close into the leaders, no matter how much energy he will have been able to save.
Greg Scherr More than 1 year ago
Mike Pender is a very underrated trainer, he wins long, short dirt, turf the man knows what he's doing. Of course he won't take my calls now but I can say I knew him when. When he was writing for the Racing Digest back in the late 1990's. Seriously, he gets his horses to run, seldom does he have a 50-1 shot run last. Way to go buddy, PS FB message me
Gerardo Helguera More than 1 year ago
Nice dabut and the horses he beat will not be maidens for a long time either!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Keep this Horse on courses with wide, sweeping turns and let him roll.