Inglewood Goes Handicap
INGLEWOOD HANDICAP GOES SUNDAY
Everyday training seems to bore the multiple stakes winner Jeranimo, trainer Mike Pender says.
The 5-year-old seems more interested in racing, which is why Pender has no hesitation in starting Jeranimo in Sunday’s $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park, 15 days after a third-place finish behind Liberian Freighter in the Grade 2 Arcadia Mile at Santa Anita.
“He doesn’t like to train,” Pender said. “He doesn’t like to breeze. He does it, but it’s more of a chores. He likes to run.”
Pender has done this sort of quick turnaround before, successfully. Jeranimo finished a troubled fourth in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita on Jan. 30, 2010, and won the Grade 2 Strub Stakes two weeks later.
The quick turnaround between the Arcadia and the Inglewood may keep Liberian Freighter from a start. Trainer Neil Drysdale said Friday that the San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on April 30 is a possibility for Liberian Freighter.
“It’s definitely close,” Drysdale said. “We’re looking at the San Francisco Mile as well.”
There are only six entrants in the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap, run over 1 1/16 miles on turf. Since Jeranimo has closed well in his last two starts over a mile on turf, Pender thinks the colt can excel in the slightly longer Inglewood. He ranks an allowance race win by Jeranimo over 1 1/16 miles on turf last November as one of the colt’s finest wins. Jeranimo has won 5 of 18 starts and $504,400 for owner B.J. Wright.
In the Arcadia, Jeranimo was 5 1/2 lengths off the pace with a furlong remaining and was beaten three-quarters of a length by Liberian Freighter.
“The poor horse didn’t run until the final sixteenth,” Pender said. “Hopefully, we can get Hollywood off to a good start.”
The field includes three other stakes winners – Kelly Leak, Ryehill Dreamer, and The Usual Q.T. – and one stakes-placed runner, Honour the Deputy, second in two stakes on the main track at Santa Anita earlier this year.
Ryehill Dreamer, winner of an allowance race on turf at Santa Anita on March 11, is expected to set the pace. Kelly Leak was sixth in the Joe Hernandez Stakes at Santa Anita on March 18.
The Usual Q.T. has not started since finishing second in the Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita in January. He later battled a foot problem. Trainer Jim Cassidy warned earlier this week that The Usual Q.T. may need a start in the Inglewood before reaching peak fitness.
by Steve Anderson
On the California worktab
Grade 2 hero CARACORTADO (Cat Dreams), second by a head in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile H. (G1) two back, worked five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 over Santa Anita's fast dirt on Saturday. The four-year-old was just 1 1/2 lengths back in fifth in the Arcadia S. (G2) on April 9.
DANCING IN SILKS (Black Minnaloushe), not seen in the winner's circle since taking the 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), sped five furlongs in :59 4/5. The bay gelding ran third to open his six-year-old season last out in the Sensational Star H.
Grade 2 scorer CROWN OF THORNS (Repent), seventh in the Potrero Grande S. (G2) to start the year, negotiated six furlongs in 1:17 4/5.
Dual Grade 3 vixen TANDA (Sweetsouthernsaint), fourth in the Las Cienegas H. (G3) last out, clocked a bullet three-quarters in 1:12.
Grade 2 runner-up and stakes winner BURG BERG (Johannesburg), second in the Santa Lucia S. last out, went five-eighths in 1:01 1/5.
UNCLE SAM (Tapit), who suffered his only career loss when making his stakes bow a fourth-place run in the Sham S. (G3) two back, posted six panels in 1:13.
Grade 2 queen ST TRINIANS (GB) (Piccolo), a close fourth in the Santa Margarita Invitational (G1) most recently, logged five-eighths in 1:02 on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.
Grade 3 winner CHOCOLATE CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]), sixth in the Potrero Grande in his seasonal debut, motored five furlongs in 1:02.
Grade 3 victor WALL STREET WONDER (City Place), unraced since a distant seventh in last November's Fall Highweight H. (G3), posted five panels in 1:00 2/5.
Monrovia S. (G3) runner-up BROKEN DREAMS (Broken Vow), fifth and last in the Las Flores S. (G3) most recently, turned four panels in :49.
Dual stakes-placed WALLSTREETER (Street Cry [Ire]), unplaced in the Providencia S. (G2) last out, drilled a bullet half-mile in :46 4/5.
Grade 3-placed stakes winner POSSE POWER (Posse), runner-up in an allowance most recently, covered a bullet three-quarters in 1:13 on the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields.
Grade 2-placed WESTERN MOOD (West Acre), unraced since finishing off-the-board in the September 8 Del Mar Futurity (G1), clocked five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 2/5.
Stakes victor GOGGLES MCCOY (In Excess [Ire]), an allowance winner to open the year, traveled five-eighths in 1:01 1/5.
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