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Saturday, January 22, 2005

Dr. Doofrankel

Brazilian import License To Run ran 5th for trainer Bobby Frankel as the 9-10 choice in the Grade 2 San Marcos on the turf at Santa Anita Saturday. [Bloodhorse]

"I thought with the post position we had today he would go ahead and be there for me and he just wasn't there," [jockey Garrett] Gomez said. "I'm going to let Bobby talk to him, and see if Bobby can convince him to be a race horse."

Frankel later commented that as it turned out, License To Run does not understand English, but that Ghostzapper is loudly telling anyone who’ll listen that he’s a cinch for Horse of the Year on Monday.

The San Marcos was taken by Whilly, the third stakes win in his last four starts and the first graded win. Making his first start at 4, he led throughout for leading trainer Doug O'Neill, hitting at over 25% this meet, and looking at the pp’s in hindsight he figured to do so. His sire is Sri Pekan, a son of Red Ransom who was the champion sire in Italy in 2003, and who now stands in Turkey.