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Interaction Set for San Luis Rey

When it comes to conquests in South America, Ron McAnally will never challenge Simon Bolivar.

But the 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer certainly holds his own with successful Thoroughbred imports from Latin America, one of which is Interaction, who will seek his first stakes win in North America when he runs in next Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on the turf.

A 7-year-old Argentine-bred horse owned by Pozo de Luna, Inc., Interaction was second last out in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 ¼ miles on the grass Feb. 9. He closed fast from 10 lengths back early on to be beaten just a length by Slim Shadey, who led throughout, going unchallenged on the front end.

The San Ley Rey distance should be no problem for Interaction, according to McAnally, who has won the race three times, twice with the immortal John Henry (1980 and 1981) and with Dark Moondancer in 2000.

“This is a mile and a half and he won the Pellegrini in Argentina at a mile and half,” McAnally said, referring to the Group 1 classic at San Ysidro in December of 2009. “Interaction is training well, he looks good and he likes this turf course. Hopefully, he runs better.

“I think he can beat Slim Shadey. He got an easy lead (in the San Marcos).”

Probable for the San Luis Rey: All Squared Away, Interaction, John Scott and Slim Shadey.



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Older Comments about Interaction Set for San Luis Rey...

The Pellegrini was a long time ago, but it does look like a two horse race from the probables, Slim Shadey with Gary Stevens on again? trying to last on the lead, and Interaction appreciating the added distance. Last San Luis Rey, though, Slim Shadey didn't attempt to wire.
Is Bourbon Bay expected to run in the San Luis Rey? Looks like he missed a workout, but he likes these long distance turf races.
The mile and a half is the perfect distance for him. In the pellegrini he came out of nowhere to win an amazing race http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmYr_ZMMF40

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