MULTIPLE STAKES WINNERS SLIM SHADEY & JERANIMO SQUARE OFF IN SUNDAY’S GRADE II SAN GABRIEL STAKES, COMBACKING STEVENS RIDES TALE OF A CHAMPION

McANALLY’S CHARM THE MAKER HEADS $75,000 PASEANA HANDICAP

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2013)—Multiple stakes winners Slim Shadey and Jeranimo would appear to rate top billing in Sunday’s Grade II, $150,000 San Gabriel Stakes as they loom prominent in a field of seven older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf .

A winner of the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sept. 30, Slim Shadey tired when trying to go gate to wire in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 15, finishing fourth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths.

Following his win in the John Henry, he was taken off the pace in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles and ran evenly, beaten 5 ½ lengths while eighth in a 12-horse field.

In winning the John Henry, Slim Shadey, a 5-year-old English-bred gelding by Val Royal, was allowed to bound well clear of the field and won easily by 2 ¼ lengths. Trained by Simon Callaghan, he’ll be reunited with Garrett Gomez on Sunday and will likely have to contend with the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Chosen Miracle on the front end.

“He likes this turf course,” said Callaghan. “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.”

Although he’s winless in two tries at the distance, Slim Shadey is three for six over the Santa Anita grass. Owned and bred by Phil Cunningham, he has banked $523,600 from an overall record of 24-4-4-0.

Hollendorfer’s Chosen Miracle could be the “Now” horse in Sunday’s San Gabriel. A proven front-running sprinter, he stretched out to a mile and a sixteenth on Dec. 8, taking a classified allowance race at 1 1/16 miles over a “good” turf in gate to wire fashion.

A 5-year-old son of Ghostzapper, Chosen Miracle is 5-2-2-0 on turf, but will be testing uncharted and deeper waters at 1 1/8 miles. Second in the Grade III Eddie D Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on Sept. 28, Chosen Miracle seeks his first stakes win on Sunday.

Owned by Abruzzo or Carver, Chosen Miracle has an overall mark of 10-4-3-1, with earnings of $157,744. Joe Talamo, who has won twice with him, rides back.

B.J. Wright’s Jeranimo, a winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) on June 30, is the leading money earner in the San Gabriel field and faced some of the nation’s toughest turf runners for the past two years.

Two starts back he was a non-threatening sixth, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf).

A winner of the San Gabriel in December, 2010 and second in the race a year ago, the 7-year-old by Congaree comes off a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Citation Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 23.

Blessed with an adaptable style that has enabled him to win graded stakes from both on and off the pace, Jeranimo will likely be sitting off a fast early pace set by Chosen Miracle.

Trained by Mike Pender, Jeranimo will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard for the 2010 San Gabriel win and who has not ridden him since April 24, 2011. Jeranimo has earnings of $1,107,400 from a record of 31-8-6-5.

Tale of a Champion, idle since pressing the pace and running sixth, beaten five lengths in the Nov. 23 Citation, is a stakes winner going five furlongs on turf on July 7 at Calder has been competitive in his last three races; the Citation, the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and the Grade III Eddie D Stakes, but is winless in four tries in Southern California.

Comebacking Hall of Famer Gary Stevens will try to apply the magic touch for trainer Kristen Mulhall and Kretz Racing LLC. The 5-year-old son of Tale of the Cat has a 9-4-0-0 mark, with all of his wins coming on turf. He has earnings of $104,740.

The complete field for the San Gabriel, to be run as the eighth on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Temple’s Door, Tyler Baze, 118; Tale of a Champion, Gary Stevens, 118; Juniper Pass, Julien Leparoux, 118; Slim Shadey, Garrett Gomez, 123; Fast Track, Martin Garcia, 118; Chosen Miracle, Joe Talamo, 118, and Jeranimo, Rafael Bejarano, 120.

McANALLY HOMEBRED CHARM THE MAKER HEADS PASEANA HANDICAP, FILLY BY EMPIRE MAKER BEEN FACING TOUGHIES

Multiple Grade I stakes placed Charm the Maker, who comes off a troubled fourth-place finish in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap on Dec. 8, heads a seven-horse field in Sunday’s $75,000 Paseana Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Charm the Maker, trained by Ron McAnally, owned by his wife, Debbie, and bred by both, was a solid third, beaten 1 ½ lengths, in the Grade III Autumn Miss going a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 27. Third in the Grade I Oak Leaf and second in the Grade I Hollywood Starlet at two, Charm the Maker was winless from six starts last year.

The 4-year-old filly by Empire Maker is 5-1-1-1 at the Paseana distance and will be ridden back by Garrett Gomez. Her overall record is 10-2-2-2, with earnings of $262,040.

Fourth, beaten just 1 ¼ lengths going seven furlongs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes on Dec. 26, the Bob Baffert-trained Candrea looks like a solid fit in the Paseana.

Second in the Grade I Oak Leaf at two, Candrea rallied gamely two starts back to win a tough classified allowance going 6 ½ furlongs on Nov. 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park. A 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Trippi, Candrea has earnings of $181,980 from a 11-3-2-0 mark and will again be handled by Martin Garcia.

Baffert and Rafael Bejarano will have theft in mind Sunday with the up and coming Distracting. The 4-year-old filly by Distorted Humor won her first two starts sprinting and disappointed as the 3-5 favorite in a second-condition allowance going six furlongs on Oct. 20 at Santa Anita.

Baffert will remove blinkers as she tries a route of ground for the first time from the rail in the Paseana. Owned and bred by Hill “n” Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. and Edward McGhee, she has earnings of $70,600.

The complete field for the Paseana Handicap, to be run as Sunday’s third race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Distracting, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Curvy Cat, Corey Nakatani, 115; Charm the Maker, Garrett Gomez, 118; Snow Fall, Tyler Baze, 117; Sweetly Peppered, Juan Hernandez, 116; Great Hot, Alonso Quinonez, 118, and Candrea, Martin Garcia, 117.

First post time on Sunday is 12:30 p.m. If applicable, Santa Anita will offer a 20 percent bonus on top of the winning Pick Six mutuel, provided there is no carryover from Saturday. For more information, visit www.santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.

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