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McAnally Winning Again at Santa Anita

The good news for Ron McAnally these days is, his horses are in better shape than he is. But the 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer is soldiering on anyway.

McAnally registered his first winner of the meet last Friday when Special Charm, owned and bred by his wife, Debbie, posted a three-quarter length win in the fifth race. Not one to rest on his laurels, McAnally sent out Suggestive Boy to win Saturday’s Grade II Arcadia Stakes.

It was the 699th career win at Santa Anita for McAnally, who ranks third behind two late Hall of Fame greats, Bobby Frankel (917) and Charlie Whittingham (869).

McAnally, recently back at Santa Anita after undergoing surgery on his left knee, hopes to continue his winning ways when he sends out turf marathoner Interaction in Saturday’s Grade II San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

“I think a mile and a quarter is more suitable for him than a mile and a half, although he won the Pellegrini at that distance in Argentina,” McAnally said of the 7-year-old Argentine-bred son of Easing Along, who missed by three-quarters of a length in the Grade II, mile and a half Hollywood Turf Cup last out on Dec. 15. “The horse is training well,” McAnally added.

Interaction will be looking for his first stakes win in the U.S. in the San Marcos. He is coming off five straight stakes, a Grade I in the Eddie Read in which he finished second to champion Acclamation, followed by four straight Grade II outings.

The field for the San Marcos, race nine of 10: Interaction, Joe Talamo, 7-2 ; Juniper Pass, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; All Squared Away, Garrett Gomez, 10-1; Temple’s Door, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Richard’s Kid, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Dreamcatcher, David Flores, 12-1; Golden Itiz, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Bridge of Gold, Julien Leparoux, 20-1; Fast Track, Orlando Mojica, 30-1; Smart Ellis, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Fire With Fire, Martin Garcia, 10-1; Shaun Washington, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Slim Shadey, Gary Stevens, 9-2; and Huntsville, Corey Nakatani, 15-1.

McAnally called the No. 1 post position for Interaction “perfect.”

In other San Marcos news:

Doug O’Neill on Richard’s Kid, who worked six furlongs in company with Russdiculous on Santa Anita’s fast main track last Saturday morning in 1:12.40 under jockey Kevin Krigger: “He finished up really strong. He looked really good.”

Trainer Patrick Biancone on Bridge of Gold, who makes his second American start and his first since last August: “I’ve had him for three months. He seems to have acclimated well. He worked good, but when we run him, we’ll see where we are. Hopefully he adapts well to American racing.”

 

 

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