09/30/2012 9:04PM

Santa Anita: Slim Shadey gets green light for Breeders' Cup Turf folllowing John Henry victory

Benoit & Associates
Slim Shadey scores under Garrett Gomez in the John Henry Turf Championship.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Slim Shadey has taken a liking to the right turf course in 2012.

For the second time this year, Slim Shadey won a graded stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf in Sunday’s $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita. A 4-year-old gelding, Slim Shadey will make his next start in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf here on Nov. 3.

Slim Shadey will be easy to find in the BC Turf. He is likely to be on the lead in the race over 1 1/2 miles on turf.

In the Grade 2 John Henry, Slim Shadey ($8.40) led throughout, holding an advantage of as many as eight lengths on the backstretch.  Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Slim Shadey led by 4 1/2 lengths with a quarter-mile remaining and held off a sustained threat from 3-2 favorite Turbo Compressor to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Slim Shadey was timed in 1:59.17.

Gomez said he had confidence to take Slim Shadey to the front.

“Just before I crossed over the dirt, I let him out a notch,” he said. “I said, ‘Let’s see if he’s got confidence.’ ”

Interaction finished third in the field of nine. Casino Host, the winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap, finished fifth and was later vanned off. He was reported to be “slightly off in his left fore,” track stewards said.

Slim Shadey, by Val Royal, has won 4 of 22 starts and $508,600.

Owned by Phil Cunningham and trained by Simon Callaghan, Slim Shadey ended a five-race losing streak, all in stakes, in the John Henry. He won the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes over 1 1/4 miles here in January, his first career stakes win.

Slim Shadey was later second in two Grade 1 races – the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in May and the Charles Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in June.



Jordan More than 1 year ago
That was the Slim Shadey that ran so well during the winter and in the Woodford Reserve, and who many picked over Acclamation in the Whittingham. Slim Shadey ran a good 2nd in that Whittingham before his connections over-reached by running back in 4 weeks, cross-country, in the UN and then, compounding that mistake, running again 2 weeks after the UN in the Eddie Read back in California. It's good to see those journeys didn't ruin him for the rest of the year. Speaking of Accalamtion, hopefully this shows doubters that he has been beating some fairly decent horses. Turbo Compressor had won the gr.1 UN and another $500k race, but Slim Shadey beat him decisively yesterday. And Slim Shadey had been beaten on the square by Acclamation in the Whittingham when Acclamation was coming off a 9 month layoff. Even horses like Casino Host and Interaction, who Acclamation easily beat in the Eddie Read, have come back to run well in graded stakes. And last year Acclamation beat a bunch of good horses. Point of Entry is clearly the best American long-distance turf horse going right now. However, it's not exactly like he's been beating the greatest fields during his streak. Both Accalamation and Point of Entry have been beating about the same quality of horses, horses that while the best North America has to offer are nothing close to the top Euros the two stars could meet in the BC Turf.
Robert Walton More than 1 year ago
Bravo should have kept Turbo Compressor closer--you can't let speed get away on that turf course, yet jockeys keep doing it.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Probably, but it wasn't like Gomez on Shadey was backing things up. They went the 2nd quarter in 22 and change. 46, 1:10, 1:34. That's a legit pace. This wasn't one of those New York waltzes. Slim Shdey went out fast and kept going. It was a very good effort on his part.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I hope we have Slim around for a long, long time...
Dave More than 1 year ago
Was surpised to see SS go gate to wire here with TC tracking him... perhaps a deliberate change of tactics from Pletcher with the BC in mind? SS certainly loves the SA turf though.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
Turbo Compressor ran 2nd rating the whole way. Could be a runner in that race but don't know about it winning it Nice win by Slim Shadey and a great ride by Garrett Gomez who had a choice of what to do and made the right one.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
who cares about the purses play the horses.
Alex More than 1 year ago
The stakes purses at Santa Anita are a joke
Jordan More than 1 year ago
The purses are too low. Look at what Belmont offered for its Super Saturday. The $150k purse for the John Henry was not commensurate to the field.