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Jeranimo Back in California for Citation

Jeranimo, who won the Oak Tree Mile the last time he raced in California, returns from Kentucky for the $250,000 Citation Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.

 

Trained by Mike Pender for B. J. Wright, Jeranimo was seventh of 13 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs after his success at 9-2 in the Grade II Oak Tree Mile.

 

The Florida bred son of Congaree and the Jeblar mare Jera has won six of 23 and earned $668,400. He is 1-for-2 on the Hollywood Park grass, winning a $48,000 allowance over Fluke and three others Nov. 27, 2010.

 

Third behind Jeramino in the Oak Tree Mile, John Johny Jak will be aiming for his first graded win. No worse than third in four starts in California, the 4-year-old Wildcat Heir ridgling out of the Saint Ballado mare Pure Adrenalin won the restricted Lure Stakes Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

 

Trained by Kristin Mulhall for Kretz Racing LLC, John Johny Jak, who began his career in Florida, has won eight of 23 and banked $284,799.

 

Second in his comeback in the California Cup Sprint Oct. 29 at Santa Anita, Bob Black Jack will be making his turf debut for owners Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff and trainer Jim Kasparoff.

 

The 6-year-old Stormy Jack horse and the Native Prospector mare Molly’s Prospector has won five of 12 and earned $704,925. His race in the California Cup Sprint was his first since he captuted the Grade II San Carlos Handicap Feb. 20, 2010 at Santa Anita.

 

Assessment, who finished a nose behind John Johny Jak when 43-1 in the Lure, will be shooting for his first win of 2011 for Tice Ranch Stables LLC and trainer Vann Belvoir.

 

A Kentucky bred son of Jump Start and the Silver Ghost mare Native Ghost, the 7-year-old gelding is 9-for-40 lifetime with a bankroll of $487,630. The Citation will be his ninth start of the year.


Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally will try for his third Citation victory when he saddles Buenos Dias.

 

A 6-year-old Irish bred son of Peintre Celebre and the Rainbow Quest mare Buenos Aires, Buenos Dias has lost 10 in a row since winning an optional claimer over the Hollywood Park turf June 10, 2010. Owned by Charles Cella, the bay has won three of 29 and earned $306,253.

 

McAnally’s previous wins in this race were with Pewter Grey (second division-1983) and Brave Act (1999).

 

The Oak Tree Mile trailer, Calimonco will try to rebound for owner-breeders Pam and Marty Wygod and Ballena Vista Farms Inc. and trainer John Sadler. The 5-year-old Storm Cat horse out of the Kris S. mare Sweet Life has won four of 26 and earned $264,466. He defeated John Johny Jak by a nose in the restricted Wickerr when 20-1 July 27 at Del Mar.

 

Make Music for Me, who owns a win over the Hollywood Park turf, enters off consecutive sixth-place finishes – in the Grade II Clement L. Hirsch Oct. 3 and the Lure – for owners Ellen and Peter O. Johnson Sr. and trainer Alexis Barba.

 

The 4-year-old Bernstein colt out of the Carson City mare Miss Cheers is 3-for-20 with earnings of $471,520. His local grass victory came by a nose in an allowance Dec. 12, 2010.

 

War Element will make his graded stakes debut in the Citation for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines.

 

The 4-year-old War Chant gelding and the Great Commotion mare Blending Element has won twice in four races, banking $74,049. He finished fourth in the Lure.

 

Leroy’s Dynameaux will be returning to his favorite turf course for owner-breeder Ellenay Racing Inc. and trainer Mark Glatt. The 4-year-old Leroidesanimaux gelding and the Dynaformer mare Dyna Peak has won three of 15 and earned $199,852. Two of his wins have occurred on the Hollywood Park turf, including the Grade III Will Rogers – at the Citation distance – June 20, 2010.

 

From the inside out, the field for the 34th running of the Citation Handicap: Calimonco, Mike Smith rides, 116 pounds; Jeranino, Garrett Gomez, 122; Buenos Dias, Brice Blanc, 113; Leroy’s Dynameaux, Rafael Bejarano, 114; War Element, Joel Rosario, 113; Make Music for Me, Chantal Sutherland, 114; Bob Black Jack, Joe Talamo, 118; Assessment, Daniel Vergara, 115 and John Johny Jak, Victor Espinoza, 118.

 

 

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