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McCanna Takes Swing At SF Mile With Recent Claim Pepnic
Less than a month after spending $62,500 to claim Pepnic, trainer Tim McCanna will start the horse in Northern California’s most prestigious turf race – the
Grade 3 San Francisco Mile.
The $100,000 stakes highlights a nine-race program Saturday and fans attending Golden Gate Fields will receive a free SF Mile T-shirt. First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the SF Mile, the seventh race on the card, is 3:55 p.m.
Pepnic won a one-mile allowance race on Tapeta on March 30 for Alex Paszkeicz, the man that bred, owned and trained him. Pepnic would normally return to the Paszkeicz barn at Pleasanton following a race, however, this time he didn’t have to take a van ride since McCanna is based at Golden Gate Fields.
“The horse settled right in (to his new barn),” said McCanna. “He acted like he’d been here his whole life.”
McCanna said he liked what he saw when he welcomed Pepnic to his stable.
“The horse was in great shape when we got him,” said McCanna, who added with a chuckle, “I’m trying not to slow him down.”
McCanna claimed Pepnic for client David P. Taylor, Jr., who resides in Seattle and was looking for a good horse to run at Emerald Downs (located in Auburn, Washington) this summer.
“That’s the most (money) I’ve ever claimed one for,” said McCanna. “David wanted a stakes horse (for Emerald). We figured that (claiming) was the quickest way to try and get one.
“I’d been watching Pepnic for awhile,” continued McCanna. “He just looked like a good, solid horse at that level. He’s a 5-year-old that looks like he’s got some good days ahead of him.”
Pepnic, who has earned $220,941 while finishing in the money in 17 of his 23 starts, has recorded two good works since joining the McCanna stable. Pepnic drilled four furlongs in 49 3/5 handily on April 13 and six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 handily on April 20.
“The horse has trained really well,” said McCanna. “I couldn’t really ask for things to be going any better. The horse worked excellent, he’s doing well and hasn’t missed an oat. He’s just class.”
Pepnic, a California-bred by the sire Peppered Cat, is 8-1 on the SF Mile morning line. Jockey Dennis Carr will ride Pepnic, who will break from post position four – the same post he left from in his victorious last race.