03/02/2013 9:03PM

Santa Anita: Suggestive Boy takes Kilroe Mile for McAnally's 700th local victory

Barbara D. Livingston
Suggestive Boy (right), ridden by Joe Talamo, holds off Silentio to prevail by a nose in the Grade 1 Kilroe Mile.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Ron McAnally joined the 700 club at Santa Anita on Saturday in the most-appropriate fashion, winning a Grade 1 race on Santa Anita Handicap Day,  and with an import from South America.

McAnally is best known for his work training two-time Big Cap winner John Henry, as well as with South American imports such as Bayakoa, Candy Ride, and Paseana. On the Big Cap undercard Saturday, he struck with Suggestive Boy, an Argentine import who won his second straight stakes race by capturing the Grade 1, $300,750 Kilroe Mile.

Suggestive Boy ($5), the favorite, had to earn it. He was stretched to the limit in the late going by Silentio, but held on to prevail by a nose under Joe Talamo. Fed Biz was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and was followed, in order, by Mr. Commons, Forest Mouse, Akkadian, Wilkinson, and Vagabond Shoes.

The victory was the 700th lifetime at Santa Anita for McAnally, 80, a Hall of Famer.

“I’ve been around a long time,” he said.

Suggestive Boy was third, racing outside leaders Vagabond Shoes and Forest Mouse during the early going of 22.88 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.64 seconds for a half-mile. He then surged to the front at the top of the stretch before holding off the late run from Silentio while covering one mile on firm turf in a swift 1:32.89

“He likes some pace in front of him, and he’s got a good turn of foot,” McAnally said.

Suggestive Boy, 5, has won 7 of 13 lifetime, including 3 of 7 in this country.

“The longer they’re here, the better for these South American horses,” McAnally said.

McAnally doesn’t have as many horses as he did during his heyday, but maintains all “I need is the horse.” Suggestive Boy is the barn’s star these days.

“He makes you get up in the morning,” McAnally said. “Good horses are so hard to come by.”

McAnally was close friends for years with the race’s namesake, Frank. E. “Jimmy” Kilroe, the longtime director of racing at Santa Anita, so this victory had extra meaning.

“Jimmy was the heart of Santa Anita,” McAnally said. “He did a lot for me.”



Perl More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that rat fink held on. Cost me some dough. Silentio is a nice horse but man he doesn't have the acceleration of Sunday Silence. Time stretch this horse out.
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
SILENTIO is representing his granddad proudly my all-time fav racehorse SUNDAY SILENCE wish united states could get more SILENCE's kids was there ever a worst sell of a racehorse(runner+sire)in history then losing SILENCE 2 japan?
Mick More than 1 year ago
Great finish. Nice runner here Suggestive Boy. Silentio looks to be improving nicely with each start also.
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
bring on HOY WISE DAN socal has best turf milers currently & SUGGESTIVE BOY won that nose because he got 1st run w/SILENTIO caught behind runners but remember this was SILENTIO's 7th race so beware!!
Patrick De Vito More than 1 year ago
your memory is weak if you think these horses are even close to watching Wise Dan making his explosive stretch moves
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Suggestive Boy is a very nice horse in the hands of a great horseman. He seems to be getting better. Even though he barely hung on. Nice back to back wins in graded company
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Loved this horse from the get-go Thomas. He seemed to take a few strides to get it together at the top of the stretch and straighten out. But he sure had his ears pinned all the way back at the line. He is a fighter with heart and talent. Not a bad combination,huh?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Too see Ronnie M.... One of the all time classy guys left............. There are no longer the god guys in racing like him....
Andrew Montez More than 1 year ago
Mr Commons had an awful trip. He was full of run too. What a shame.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
But lately he just does not want to pass horses in the lane. Just doesn't have the kick he used to.
Mush More than 1 year ago
He's been overrated since day one
Kendra Mcallister More than 1 year ago
your an idiot
Mick More than 1 year ago
He has the talent, he just doesn't have the desire it seems to win. Happened in this race last year, only with a clear run, couldn't run down the winner. Had he a clear run here, I don't think it would have mattered, 3rd at best, that's it.