INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 23, 2012)—Suggestive Boy, who was a sharp second in his United States debut in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park, is the 9-5 morning line favorite for the $85,000 Wickerr Wednesday at Del Mar.
A restricted race for older horses at one mile on turf, the Wickerr is the seventh of eight races. Post time is 2 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by Pozo de Luna Inc. and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, Suggestive Boy was defeated by 1 ¼ lengths by Jeranimo in the Shoemaker, which was his first race in more than eight months.
A 4-year-old son of Easing Along and the Horse Chestnut mare Suffrage, Suggestive Boy has won four of seven and earned $329,150. All of his wins came in Group I races in his native Argentina.
Idle since finishing seventh in the Grade II American Handicap May 26 at Betfair Hollywood Park, Calimonco will try to defend his Wickerr title. The Storm Cat horse won by a nose at 20-1 a year ago for owner-breeders Pam and Marty Wygod and Ballena Vista Farms Inc. and trainer John Sadler.
A 6-year-old out of the Kris S. mare Sweet Life, Calimonco has won five of 31 and banked $358,546.
From inside out, the field for the 23rd Wickerr: Liberian Freighter, David Flores rides, 121 pounds; Suggestive Boy, Joe Talamo, 121; Victory Pete, Patrick Valenzuela, 119; Rauschenberg, Mike Smith, 119l; Midnight Interlude, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Venomous, Garrett Gomez, 119; Key Decision, Victor Espinoza, 121; El Gato Malo, Corey Nakatani, 119 and Calimonco, Martin Garcia, 121.
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