The celebration was controlled following Jeranimo’s victory in Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes.
“We just sat in the box for an hour or so, talking and soaking it all
in,” trainer Mike Pender said Sunday by phone from Hollywood Park.
“Then we went our separate ways.”
Pender headed north on the I-5. Jeranimo and Tasty Treat, a
4-year-old filly who won the opening race on Thursday’s card, followed
in a horse van early Sunday morning. Jeranimo showed no ill effects from
the Read, where a last-to-first burst in the final five furlongs
produced a 1 ½-length victory.
It was the first Del Mar stakes victory for Pender, the 10th win
in 35 career starts for Jeranimo. The $180,000 winners’ share of the
purse boosted earnings for the 7-year-old son of Congaree to more than
$1.4 million. Jeranimo is owned by B.J. Wright of Pasadena and Robert
LaPenta of Westport, Conn.
“It’s amazing when you think about how long a career this horse has
had, the resilience he shows and we’ve come to expect,” Pender said. “If
they ranked horses for soundness, I guarantee he’d be No.1 in the
country. He’s an absolute throwback to horses of years ago.”
Jeranimo, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, covered the 1 1/8 miles on turf
of the Eddie Read in 1:45.80. It was the second-fastest time for the
event behind only Aragorn’s course record 1:44.79 in 2006.
Pender said a conference call involving himself and owners Wright and
LaPenta in the next few days would determine the next assignment for
Trainer John Sadler was enthusiastic about the runner-up effort of
Vagabond Shoes in the Read, but engaged in some second guessing
“We were thrilled with Vagabond Shoes, we thought he ran a great race
and we’ll probably bring him back in the Del Mar Handicap ($200,000
Grade II, Saturday, August 24),” Sadler said. “Barocci, I probably ran
him back a little too quick . He’ll be rested until the fall meeting at
Barocci , who finished fifth, beaten 3 ½ lengths, was running 16 days after an allowance victory at Hollywood Park.