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Jeranimo Heads Strong Field Of 11 In $150,000 San Francisco Mile
The Grade 3 $150,000 San Francisco Mile will have its 62nd running Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and this year’s edition will feature a strong cast of 11 headed by Jeranimo, a 6-year-old horse who has won four Grade 2 stakes and earned $858,400.
The SF Mile field includes seven horses that have won stakes, including four multiple stakes-winners and three graded stakes-winners. The talented group will match strides on Golden Gate Fields’ Lakeside Turf Course at approximately 4:25 p.m. as the SF Mile is the seventh race on a nine-race program.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and post time for the first race is 1:15 p.m.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will be in town to ride Jeranimo, who was made the 8-to-5 morning line favorite by Golden Gate Fields price maker Steve Martinelli. Trained by Michael Pender and owned by B. J. Wright, Jeranimo owns victories in the following Grade 2 turf stakes: 2011 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park, 2011 Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita, 2010 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita, and 2010 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita.
Jeranimo was most impressive in winning the Oak Tree Mile last October as he upset California’s top grass miler, Mr. Commons, and earned a career high Beyer Speed Figure of 108 while clocking a time of 1:32.61.
The SF Mile will be the third start of 2012 for Jeranimo, who ran second in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap on Jan. 16 and fourth in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 3. Both races were on the turf at Santa Anita.
Smith, who won the 2007 SF Mile with Chinese Dragon, will ride Jeranimo for the first time Saturday. Jeranimo and Smith will break from post position one.
The field for 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.
Calimonco hails from the powerful John Sadler barn and enters the SF Mile off a game victory in the Sidd Finch Stakes, a one-mile turf race run at Santa Anita on April 1. Winner of the one-mile Wickerr Stakes on the turf at Del Mar last summer, Calimonco finished third behind Jeranimo and War Element in the Citation at Hollywood Park.
Gallant Son, who finished second in the 2011 SF Mile and then won the Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park in his subsequent race, makes his first start of 2012 Saturday. A 6-year-old horse trained by Frank Lucarelli, Gallant Son possesses six career stakes victories and has been working well for his return to the races.
Positive Response, the 2011 California Derby winner, will make his turf debut in the SF Mile. Trained by William E. Morey, Positive Response is coming of a good second-place try in a one-mile allowance contest on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface on April 12.
Hudson Landing will be seeking his second stakes victory on the Lakeside Course as he captured the Alcatraz Stakes on the local lawn in 2010. Blaine Wright trains Hudson Landing, who brings a two-race winning streak – scored in allowance races on Tapeta – into the SF Mile.
Live Sundays, stakes-placed five times, scored a front-running victory in a one-mile allowance test on Tapeta in his most recent outing on March 18. Live Sundays is conditioned by Victor Trujillo, who is enjoying a fine rookie season as a head trainer.
Worth Repeating, victor of the Grade 3 Tokyo City Stakes at Santa Anita last year, will try to give Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella his third victory in the SF Mile.
Mandella won the feature with Opus Dei in 1981 and with Redattore in 2001.
Photo Shopped finished second to Hudson Landing in his last two starts and will try to score an upset for Alvarado and trainer Steve Specht, a duo with a history of posting major surprises in stakes.
Mr. Candy Bar, trained by O. J. Jaurequi, won a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes at Santa Rosa last summer. Dunmore East, from the barn of Lloyd Mason, is a stakes-placed runner who is 2-for-4 on the Golden Gate Fields turf. Sanger Silver, a talented sprinter trained by Efrain Miranda, will try to stretch his speed Saturday.
1:15 P.M. Post Beginning Thursday – Beginning Thursday, post time at Golden Gate Fields will be 1:15 p.m. The only exceptions to the 1:15 p.m. post time will be on the following dates: May 5 (Kentucky Derby Day), May 19 (Preakness Stakes Day), and June 9 (Belmont Stakes Day), when first post will be 11:45 a.m.; and May 25, June 1, June 8, and June 15, when Friday afternoon racing will commence at 3:15 p.m.