Jeranimo worked five furlongs at Hollywood Park on Tuesday in 1:00.80 with an exercise rider up.
Trainer Mike Pender called it, via text, a “steady maintenance work,”
and that the winner of the Grade I Eddie Read Stakes on July 20 was
keeping his sharpness for a start in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic
on Sunday, August 25.
Jeranimo, a 7-year-old son of Congaree with more than $1.4 million in
career earnings has been ridden by Rafael Bejarano in his last four
starts which produced a Grade II victory in the San Gabriel Stakes at
Santa Anita in January and the Eddie Read sandwiched around
off-the-board finishes in the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs in May and
the Shoemaker Mile in June at Hollywood Park.
Bejarano has taken the call on defending champion Dullahan for the
TVG Pacific Classic. Pender is considering options for a replacement.
On Tuesday at Del Mar, Game On Dude worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.40.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert called it a “nice” work and said the
Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup winner would work again on
Two-time Classic winner Richard’s Kid breezed earlier this week and
is scheduled to work Friday morning, trainer Doug O’Neill said.
Keens Make Good Use Of Spoils Of Victory
Trainer Dallas Keen and his wife Donna were interested observers as
the horses loaded into the gate for Sunday’s seventh race, mainly
because their stable’s representative, 3-year-old filly Explosive
Argument, was in the field and ready to break from the No. 2 post.
Their interest became heightened, with concern added, when the No. 8
horse, Sultry Season, broke through the gate before the start, dragging
an assistant starter with her and unseating jockey Garrett Gomez.
Keen’s cousin, Mike Keen, is a member of the gate crew.
“You could tell something had happened to the (assistant) starter, he
had broken his leg or something,” Keen said. “I turned to Donna and
said ‘I hope that wasn’t Mike.’ That he held onto the horse was quite a
deal and that’s why I said what I did to Donna because Mike’s pretty
Explosive Argument won the race, giving Keen his first victory of the
meeting. During the winner’s circle ceremonies, however, word was
passed along that it was indeed Mike and the initial diagnosis was a
“We went to the first aid room, Donna was carrying the (winners’
bouquet) flowers and I was carrying the bottle of Woodford (Reserve).
Donna said ‘These flowers are for you, Mike.’ And I said yeah, and
(offering the bottle) ‘Here’s your pain killer.’”
Mike Keen’s injury turned out to be a broken heel, Dallas said.
Physicians are waiting a few days for the swelling to go down and assess
developments before finalizing a course of treatment.
Stevens Returns From European Trip
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was back at Del Mar as scheduled
Wednesday morning, having spent most of last week in England where he
captained a team in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup on Saturday at
“It was a lot of fun going back, I hadn’t been there since 2004,”
Stevens said. “(Ascot) has a new grandstand, it’s all new. It was like
going back to a house you hadn’t been to in years that had been
remodeled and you hadn’t seen the plans.”
Stevens won one race and managed to avoid a suspension, like the one
assessed Chantal Sutherland at the event in 2012 and other riders on
Saturday, for overuse of the whip.
“I was aware of it, sure,” Stevens said. “It has happened to me
before over there. It almost cost me the ride on Gentlemen in the (1997)
Hollywood Gold Cup. You can’t use it more than seven times, and they
have people who are watching and counting.”
Stable Wars Del Mar Ready To Air
Non-critics and non-voters for the Emmy Awards (well, this one) who
have seen previews of FOX Sports San Diego’s “Stable Wars Del Mar” are
wondering if the track might be up for a statue in the category Best
Supporting Venue for a reality TV show.
Stable Wars Del Mar, will premiere Thursday, August 15 at 10:30 PM
PST and Del Mar is the locale for much of the activity in the drama
between rival ownership groups – the Great Friends Stable headed by
Scott Kaplan and the Little Red Feather racing of Billy Koch.
The premier episode centers around the July 17 opening day of the Del
Mar meeting and a few days before and after it. New episodes will debut
bi-weekly on Thursdays.
Handle Figures Continue Solid Past Midpoint
With the racing season passing its midpoint, handle figures continued
to show positively at Del Mar on Sunday at the conclusion of Day 20 and
Week #4 of the 2013 meet.
On-track betting is up 7.4% and total handle is up 11.3%.
The on-track cumulative total thus far is $49,456,139, as opposed to
$46,030,298 last year. That figures to a daily average in 2013 of
$2,472,807, which is beyond 2012’s $2,301,515.
The total pari-mutuel handle figs tally at $256,343,616 (vs.
$230,320,914 in ’12), meaning the overall daily average has climbed from
$11,516,046 last year to $12,817,181.
Del Mar’s attendance has felt a dip of 4.7% from a 376,566 total for
2012 to 358,785 this season. Those numbers make for daily averages of
18,828 (2012) against 17,939 (2013).
Part of the decline at the gate can be attributed to an altering of
scheduling for this season as opposed to last with several of the likely
large-draw days yet to come.
Field size continues to run ahead of last year’s totals. Last year
through four weeks there had been 1,464 starters in 175 races, an
average of 8.4 horses per race. This year with the same 175 races there
have been 1,499 runners, meaning the per-race average is 8.6.
“Ship and Win,” the track’s bonus program for owners who bring horses
from out of state to run at the meet, continues to build up the
numbers. Last year through 20 days (and 175 races) there were 88
“S&W” horses winning eight times. This year through the same time
span (and same 175 contests) there have been 86 “S&W” runners
winning 15 races.
Another active number is on the claiming front where 133 horses have
been “haltered” through the first 20 cards with nearly $3,000,000
changing hands. The exact total is $2,921,000 and the state of
California is more than happy in each case to collect its 8% sales tax.