2nd at 4STRUB S.
(gr. II , 9f , to Jeranimo, defeating Acclamation, Massone, Eagle Poise, Viscount, Rendezvous, Gallant Son, Heavenly Wind ).
Longshot Jeranimo stalked the pace and outlasted favored Misremembered by 11Ú4 lengths in the Feb. 13 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park. The race marked the first black-type score for the 4-year-old son of Congaree.
The Strub triumph was especially sweet for Joe and Phyllis BryantÕs Brylynn Farm. The small, Reddick, Fla.-based operation has been working overtime due to the struggling economy, and a graded stakes victory by a horse they bred has served not only as a reward for their labor but perhaps a signal for better times ahead.
Brylynn is represented by earlier graded stakes winners Anklet, Kazoo, Knights Templar, and Saint Marden, plus Ailalea, winner of the 2009 Tempted Stakes (gr. III).
Jeranimo, who came into the Strub off a fourth-place effort in the Jan. 30 Sunshine Millions Classic Stakes, now holds an overall record of 3-3-2 from 11 starts and earnings of $264,600. His best stakes effort prior to the Strub was a third in the 2009 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), also on the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface.
Jeranimo is trained by Michael Pender and owned by B.J. Wright. The pair also teamed to campaign Polonius, winner of the 2008 Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.
Wright, owner of a Pasadena, Calif.-based water purification business, has come a long way since he purchased his first Thoroughbred with two partners for $1,000 in the 1960s.
Jeranimo, who was a $50,000 yearling, was bought for $70,000 by Rick Taylor, agent, at the 2008 Barretts May 2-year-old sale from Eddie Woods, agent.
The bay colt was produced from the stakes-winning Jeblar mare Jera, who was privately acquired by Brylynn toward the end of her racing career in 2000. Jera is a half-sister to Frisson (by Fappiano), who is the granddam of dual grade I winner and young sire First Samurai (by GiantÕs Causeway).
ÒWe thought it was a good cross and nicking pattern (between Jera and Congaree),Ó said Toni Jones, who runs Brylynn with her husband, Bob. ÒWe also like to breed to first year sires.
Ò(Jeranimo) was a nice foal,Ó she added. ÒWe really saw the potential there.Ó
Jera, who is part of BrylynnÕs 25-member broodmare band, is not in foal for 2010. Due to JeranimoÕs recent success, however, the farm is considering a foal share mating with UnbridledÕs Song for 2011.
Congaree is the sire of six stakes winners. The 12-year-old son of Arazi, who began stud duty at Adena Springs Kentucky in 2005, now stands for $7,500 at Doc and Suzie OÕCainÕs Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y.ÑE.M
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