Strub Stakes Winner Jeranimo Among Six Entered in Oakland

Strub Stakes Winner Jeranimo Among Six Entered in Oakland

     Jeranimo, who earlier this year scored an 11-to-1 upset in the Grade 2 $200,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita, is among the six horses set to start in the $50,000 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     The Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, will be Jeranimo’s first race since March 6, 2010, when he finished fourth in the Grade 1 $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap.  Jeranimo has run six furlongs twice in his 12-race career and finished second both times.

     Jeranimo won the Strub Stakes on Feb. 13 when he charged from sixth to first and captured the 1 1/8-mile contest by 1 1/4 lengths over 7-to-10 favorite Misremembered.  The smart performance earned Jeranimo an impressive Beyer Speed Figure of 104 and the chance to run in the 1 1/4-mile Santa Anita Handicap.

     Fourteen horses went to post in the Santa Anita Handicap and Jeranimo went off as the fourth betting choice at 6-to-1.  Jeranimo didn’t have the same closing kick in the ’Big Cap that he had in the Strub Stakes and was beaten six lengths by the winner, Misremembered, the same horse he had powered by in the Strub.

     Jeranimo, trained by Michael Pender, has had several foundation-building workouts at Hollywood Park in preparation for his return to the races in the Oakland.  Pender has named jockey Mario Gutierrez to ride Jeranimo Saturday.

     Jeranimo, a Florida-bred son of Congaree, has earned $309,600 for owner B. J. Wright.

     The field for the Oakland, in post position order, is as follows: Restless Youth, Russell Baze will ride at 123 pounds; Summer Excess, Juan Hernandez, 119; Our Minesweeper, Inoel Beato, 119; Live Sundays, Frank Alvarado, 123; Silver Stetson Man, Martin Pedroza, 123; and Jeranimo, Gutierrez, 123.

     The Oakland is the eighth race on a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m.