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Santa Anita Park Picks | Shoemaker Mile Stakes 2024
Du Jour (Lindsay Affleck)

Santa Anita Park Picks | Shoemaker Mile Stakes 2024

Du Jour will try to make it back-to-back Grade I wins Monday when he takes on 10 rivals in a contentious edition of the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on the Santa Anita Park turf.

In addition to the Shoemaker Mile, Monday’s 11-race holiday card also includes the GI Gamely Stakes and GII Hollywood Gold Cup. First post time is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.

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Trained by Bob Baffert, Du Jour earned his first top-level win in the GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile March 3 at Santa Anita. He finished two lengths clear of runner-up Easter, who also returns in the Shoemaker.

Flavien Prat rode Du Jour in the Kilroe and again has the call. A 6-year-old gelding by Temple City, Du Jour is 17: 6-3-2 with $1,118,220 in earnings for owners Natalie J. Baffert and Debbie Lanni.

Last year, Du Jour won the GII Del Mar Mile in September and the restricted Wickerr Stakes at mile in July, both at Del Mar.

Easter is joined in the lineup by stablemate Conclude for trainer Phil D’Amato. Easter’s runner-up in the Kilroe snapped a three-race win streak. Prior to that effort, the 6-year-old France-bred gelding by Exosphere won the GII San Gabriel in December at Santa Anita, GII Seabiscuit at Del Mar in November and the restricted Lure Stakes in October at Santa Anita.

Easter, who will have regular rider Antonio Fresu aboard, received no favors at Friday’s post position draw. He’ll break from the far outside in post 11.

Including Easter’s eight starts in his native France, he has an overall record of 20: 7-4-3 with $627,910 in earnings. Easter is campaigned by Madaket Stables LLC.

Conclude, a four-time stakes winner, will be making his first start since taking the GII Del Mar Derby Sept. 3. The 4-year-old Collected colt has worked eight times since April 2 for his comeback, which includes a pair of bullet five-furlong drills on Santa Anita’s synthetic training track earlier this month.

Prior to his win in the Del Mar Mile, Conclude won the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar in July and Desert Code on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in May. He will be ridden by Hector Berrios, who was aboard for the Del Mar Derby and Oceanside wins.

Owned by Little Red Feather and Madaket Stables, Conclude is 6: 4-1-0 with $359,600 in earnings.

Getting his first crack at a Grade I victory is 4-year-old Johannes, who returned from an 11-month layoff with an authoritative 1 ¾-length win in the GIII American April 4 going a mile on turf at Santa Anita.

Trained by Tim Yakteen, Johannes last year won both the Baffle Stakes sprinting on the hillside turf course in March and the one-mile Pasadena on turf in April at Santa Anita. By Nyquist, Johannes races as a homebred for Cuyathy LLC. He is 8: 4-0-1 with $243,859 in earnings.


Race 11 of 11 | Approximate post time 6 p.m. PT

  1. War At Sea—Armando Ayuso—122
  2. Du Jour—Flavien Prat—126
  3. There Goes Harvard—Juan Hernandez—122
  4. Conclude—Hector Berrios—124
  5. Irideo—Jeremy Laprida—122
  6. Air Force Red—Edwin Maldonado—122
  7. Dominican Pioneer—Kazushi Kimura—122
  8. Funtastic Again—Frankie Dettori—122
  9. Johannes—Umberto Rispoli—122
  10. Goliad—Kyle Frey—122
  11. Easter—Antonio Fresu—124