02/02/2013 8:23PM

Santa Anita: Post 12 in Arcadia no problem for Suggestive Boy

Benoit & Associates
Despite going wide on both turns Suggestive Boy carries Joe Talamo to a 2 1/2-length victory in the Arcadia.

ARCADIA, Calif. - An outside draw could not prevent Suggestive Boy from launching his 2013 campaign with a comprehensive victory in Saturday’s $152,000 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita.

Breaking from post 12 in a field of 13, Suggestive Boy ($10.40) was three-wide on the first turn and four-wide on the second turn, but had enough momentum through the stretch to win the Grade 2 Arcadia by a convincing 2 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Suggestive Boy ran a mile on turf in 1:32.73.

Going toward the first turn, it appeared that Suggestive Boy would be much wider, but Talamo was able to move closer to the rail.

 “I was a little worried about the post but he managed to get him over,” trainer Ron McAnally said. “When he did, I got more comfortable.”

The victory capped a big day for Talamo, who won the Grade 2 Strub Stakes in the preceding race with Guilt Trip.

Suggestive Boy was seventh early and had moved into fifth with a quarter-mile remaining. He took the lead before the eighth pole.

Wilkinson, the winner of the Grade 2 American Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park last May, finished second, a half-length in front of 4-1 Silentio.

A 4-year-old, Silentio made his stakes debut against older horses in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes, having won the Sir Beaufort Stakes for 3-year-olds on Dec. 26. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano in the Arcadia, Silentio was third early, fell back to sixth in the stretch, and closed well to be third at the finish.

“He was very sharp,” Bejarano said. “He wanted to run off. He wasn’t relaxed like last time.”

Silentio was followed by Akkadian, Klisz, Forest Mouse, Chosen Miracle, Tribal Tribute, Vagabond Shoes, Willyconker, Strong Suit, Key Decision, and Sebastian Flyte. Strong Suit, a four-time stakes winner in England in 2010 and 2011, made his California debut in the Arcadia. He was reluctant to load and broke slowly, never reaching contention.

Suggestive Boy, a 5-year-old horse by the Storm Cat stallion Easing Along, has won 6 of 12 starts and $497,370. Owned by Pozo de Luna, Inc., Suggestive Boy won three Group 1 races in Argentina in 2011.

Last year, his first season in the United States, Suggestive Boy had 1 win in 5 starts, the restricted Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar. He was seventh behind 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile last November.