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Hall Of Famers Smith, Mandella Seek More SF Mile Glory Saturday
Two members of thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame, jockey Mike Smith and trainer Richard Mandella, will be among the participants in the $150,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The SF Mile, a Grade 3 stakes for older horses, is Northern California’s top turf contest. The race will be run at approximately 4:25 p.m. and is the seventh event on a nine-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m.
Smith, who will ride 8-to-5 morning line favorite Jeranimo, and Mandella, who will send out 15-to-1 longshot Worth Repeating, both have already enjoyed success in the SF Mile.
Smith won the 2007 SF Mile with Chinese Dragon, who got up in the last jump to score by a nose over the German-bred runner Vega’s Lord. Chinese Dragon paid $6.60 to win.
Smith will be at Churchill Downs one week after the SF Mile to ride Bodemeister, who will be one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby.
Mandella owns two SF Mile victories. Mandella recorded his first win in the race in 1981 with Opus Dei, who paid $8.20, and scored his second victory in 2001 with Brazilian-bred Redattore, who paid $19.00.
The field for the 62nd running of the SF Mile, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Jeranimo, Smith, 8-to-5; Worth Repeating, Francisco Duran, 15-to-1; Photo Shopped, Frank Alvarado, 15-to-1; Positive Response, Julien Couton, 10-to-1; Sanger Silver, Abel Cedillo, 20-to-1; Calimonco, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Hudson Landing, Juan Hernandez, 10-to-1; Dunmore East, Kerwin John, 20-to-1; Live Sundays, Aaron Gryder, 9-to-2; Mr. Candy Bar, Inoel Beato, 30-to-1; and Gallant Son, Leslie Mawing, 10-to-1. All of the starters carry 122 pounds.