Santa Anita Park's 70th anniversary season concludes Monday with the $100,000-added San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIT) highlighting the finale of the 85-day winter/spring meeting.
Chilean-bred Geronimo, with 10 wins from 29 career starts, heads the event for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, which drew six horses. Geronimo was assigned top weight of 117 pounds.
Geronimo was claimed two races ago on Feb. 27 for $80,000 by trainer John Sadler for owner Gary Barber of Los Angeles. The 6-year-old gelding by Gold Tribute was second in his first start after the claim, going about 6 ½ furlongs on a firm course under allowance conditions.
McCann's Mojave, winner of the Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on the main track March 28, returns to the grass for 82-year-old trainer Leonard Dorfman. McCann's Mojave, a 5-year-old California-bred son of Memo, won the restricted Sensational Star Handicap on Santa Anita's unique downhill turf course on Feb. 14, 2004.
The compact field also has solid contenders in Golden Arrow, Royal Price, and Lazzeri, who has won his last two for trainer David Hofmans and owners John and Jerry Amerman.$100,000-added San Simeon Handicap (gr. IIIT), 4 & up, about 6 1/2 furlongs (turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Lazzeri, Garrett Gomez, 113
2. McCann's Mojave, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116
3. Geronimo, Corey Nakatani, 117
4. Royal Price, Pat Valenzuela, 115
5. Golden Arrow, Victor Espinoza, 116
6. Shadow of Illinois, Mark Guidry, 114