Jeranimo won the $150,000 Oak Tree Mile at Santa Anita, which could lead to a start in the BC Mile.
In Saturday's Oak Tree Mile, Jeranimo ran one mile on the turf in 1:32.61
and paid $11.20, $4.40 and $3.20 as the 9-5 second choice. It was
Garcia's third winner on the 10-race card.
Mr. Commons, the 4-5 favorite, returned $2.60 and $2.40. John Johny Jack paid $3.60 to show.
Trainer John Shirreffs said Mr. Commons jumped forward in the gate and banged his head.
"He didn't break as sharp as we would have liked. He ended up
spotting them a couple lengths," he said, adding that a decision on
whether to run in the Breeders' Cup would be made later.
Jeranimo returned to the turf for the first time since
finishing eighth in the Pacific Classic on Del Mar's artificial surface
Mike Pender brushed off any decision on Jeranimo running in the Breeders' Cup.
"We'll let the horse tell us what to do," he said. "This horse
is kind of tricky. Sometimes he'll lay an egg on you if you're not
watching him close. Other times he'll give you a race like today."
In the $65,000 Swingtime Stakes, All Star Heart defeated
Victoryasecret by one length for 79-year-old Hall of Fame trainer Ron
McAnally. Ridden by Brice Blanc, All Star Heart ran one mile on the turf
in 1:34.39 and paid $7 to win.