Versatile and venerable Jeranimo
, who turns eight on New Year’s Day, will seek his third San Gabriel Stakes win in the past four runnings when he goes in next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 race for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Trained by Mike Pender for Robert LaPenta and B.J. Wright, Jeranimo won the San Gabriel in 2010 and again on Jan. 13 of this year. He was second in the 2012 edition.
A Florida-bred son of Congaree, Jeranimo worked five furlongs Saturday on Hollywood Park’s soon-to-be-gone Cushion Track in 1:02.60 under Rafael Bejarano, who rides the bay horse in the San Gabriel.
Jeranimo’s last start came Nov. 2 in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs at Santa Anita. Prior to that, he was ninth in the Grade I Awesome Again Stakes in his only start on traditional dirt, and before that, ninth in the Pacific Classic on Polytrack.
His 10 career wins from 38 starts have come on either turf or synthetic surfaces. Jeranimo has earned $1,401,364.