ARCADIA, Calif. -- Each time he returns from a layoff, Jeranimo seems to get better.\r\nHe was off for six months from April to October of 2009 and returned for a seven-race campaign that was highlighted by a win in the Grade 2 Strub Stakes last February.\r\nJeranimo was sidelined again in March of this year, because of a tibia injury, and returned to racing in October. Monday, in the third start of his current campaign, Jeranimo won the second Grade 2 stakes of his career in the $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes on turf at Santa Anita.\r\nThe victory did not surprise trainer Mike Pender, who said he has been amazed at the 4-year-old&rsquo;s recent exercise.\r\n&ldquo;When he was training as good as he was when he left, I knew he could be just as good,&rdquo; Pender said. &ldquo;He gives us such an explosion in the morning. I have to anchor him in the first part of the works.&rdquo;\r\nJockey Rafael Bejarano rode Jeranimo in a similar style in the San Gabriel, which was run at 1 1/8 miles. Bejarano kept Jeranimo on the inside throughout, racing fifth on the backstretch. Jeranimo moved closer in early stretch, and took the lead from Proudinsky in the final eighth, winning by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:47.20.\r\n&ldquo;When [Proudinsky] came out a bit in the stretch, I got the opportunity and my horse came running,&rdquo; Bejarano said.\r\nProudinsky held second, finishing 2 1/2 lengths in front of 7-10 favorite The Usual Q.T. in the field of seven. The Usual Q.T. was third in the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, in his most recent start prior to the San Gabriel.\r\nThe loss by The Usual Q.T. did not surprise trainer Jim Cassidy. &ldquo;He just got tired,&rdquo; Cassidy said after The Usual Q.T&rsquo;s was unsaddled. &ldquo;He missed three works and the work he got in [on Dec. 10] was not enough. It showed how classy he is to finish third. He&rsquo;s breathing like a steam engine.&rdquo;\r\nJeranimo, 4, has won 5 of 15 starts and $429,400 for owner B.J. Wright. He won an allowance race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27 in his turf debut. Monday's victory has led Wright and Pender to plan for a start in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf for California-breds and Florida-breds here on Jan. 29. The same race is on The Usual Q.T.&rsquo;s schedule.\r\nCalifornia Nectar captures first stakes in California Breeders'\r\nCalifornia Nectar won her first stakes in the $100,000 California Breeders&rsquo; Champion Stakes for statebred 2-year-old fillies, benefiting from an ideal ride from jockey Patrick Valenzuela.\r\nCalifornia Nectar ($10.80) stalked Teddy&rsquo;s Promise, the 4-5 favorite, through a quick early pace of 22.28 and 44.50 seconds, took the lead in early stretch, and won by 1 1/2 lengths over 5-1 Warren&rsquo;s Flyer. Bathing Beauty was third in the field of seven. Teddy&rsquo;s Promise faded to finish fourth.\r\nCalifornia Nectar has won 2 of 6 starts and $123,800 for owner-breeder Pablo Suarez and trainer Doug O&rsquo;Neill. She was second by a nose in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Hollywood Park in October.\r\nFor Valenzuela, the victory was his first in a stakes at Santa Anita in more than four years. He was out of action in this state from late 2007 until this summer because of a violation of his conditional license, which led to him riding in Louisiana and New Mexico during that time.