03/03/2013 6:26PM

Santa Anita: Suggestive Boy staying in California for next start

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Barbara D. Livingston
Suggestive Boy (right) holds off Silentio by a nose to win the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile.

Suggestive Boy, who has emerged as California’s top turf miler in the last five weeks, is expected to stay in California for his next start, trainer Ron McAnally said Sunday.

Saturday, Suggestive Boy won his first Grade 1 stakes in the United States in the $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile. Last month, the 5-year-old Argentine-bred won the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes over a mile on turf.

Suggestive Boy, who gave McAnally his 700th career win at Santa Anita, won three consecutive Group 1 races in Argentina in 2011 before being sent to California.

“He’s the kind of horse we thought he was,” McAnally said.

In the Kilroe Mile, Suggestive Boy closed from fourth in a field of eight to take the lead in the final furlong. He held off a late run from Silentio to win by a nose.

“He ran a big race,” McAnally said. “We went back to the barn to see him and he was cool as a cucumber.”

Owned by Jose Cerillo and Federico Fantini Jr., Suggestive Boy could start in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf on June 29. Last year, Suggestive Boy was second in the Shoemaker Mile.

McAnally said that Suggestive Boy is likely to stay in California because Interaction, who was second in the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 9, is a candidate for the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 4. Interaction, 7, is scheduled to start in the $150,000 San Luis Rey Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf March 16.

Fantini said Sunday that another leading South American runner will join McAnally’s stable later this year. Di Giorgio, a 4-year-old colt by Star Dabbler, is a Group 2 winner and Group 1 placed in Argentina and will be sent to the United States later this spring.

AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
California actually has some solid turfers this year. Love Suggestive Boy, Obviously and Silentio but the real joker in the deck is Bright Thought, a 4 year old Hat Trick colt that just destroyed the competition in his two turf races; one at a mile (1:33/3) and one at 10F (1:57/4). The two sons of Sunday Silence (Silent Name and Hat Trick) are starting to show their potential.
Alex More than 1 year ago
How great was it to see old man McAnally taking down this Grade I?? I wish these old trainers could be around forever.
Keith Strouhal More than 1 year ago
Where is Obviously ?
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Yeah, he's the best turf miler in Cali when healthy, no disrespect to Suggestive Boy.
Tiny Montgomery More than 1 year ago
Agree with that, I hope all is well with him and he's just getting some well deserved R&R
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Joel Winicki More than 1 year ago
.......or put Gomez back on him. Much stronger finisher!