Slim Shadey has raced at distances from one mile to a mile
and a half in his 11 U.S. starts, but trainer Simon Callaghan feels the
mile and an eighth of Sunday’s grassy San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles
is ideal for the English-bred son of 2001 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Val
“I think a mile and an eighth or a mile and a quarter
are fine,” Callaghan said. “They’re definitely better than a mile and a
half. This distance is good for him, he’s training well, and he’s coming
into it in pretty good form, so it’s a pretty nice spot for him, I
“He likes this turf course (three for six). He always
seems to run a good race here. He’s won on the lead but he can track.
If one (horse) wants to go quick, we’ll just stalk, and if we find
ourself on the lead, it’s no problem either.”
“I’m excited to ride Slim Shadey going a mile and an
eighth,” said Garrett Gomez, who won with his only mount at Santa Anita
Thursday, piloting Akkadian to a three-quarter length victory at odds of
5-1 for trainer Julio Canani.
“Slim Shadey is a little fresher for this race,” Gomez added.
The field for the San Gabriel: Temple’s Door, Tyler
Baze, 8-1; Tale of a Champion, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Juniper Pass, Julien
Leparoux, 8-1; Slim Shadey, Garrett Gomez, 2-1; Fast Track, Martin
Garcia, 20-1; Chosen Miracle, Joe Talamo, 3-1; and Jeranimo, Rafael