ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2012) – Even-money favorite Gervinho remained unbeaten by overcoming trouble to win Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for 2-year-olds at Santa Anita.
Gervinho is by Unusual Heat, out of the Out of Place mare Foreverinthegame, was bred by Barry Abrams and Madeline Auerbach, is owned by Keith Brackpool and trained by Carla Gaines.
The connections indicated Gervinho will be pointed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
“We’re going to look seriously at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. That’s the hope,” said Brackpool. “The Juvenile Turf, if we can get in.”
Gervinho won with an eye-catching stretch burst after falling behind on the turn.
“At the three-eighths pole my horse slipped really bad,” said jockey Rafael Bejarano. “When he was coming he slipped right away so I tried to get a hold of my horse, that’s why I lost a couple lengths. Once I saw the stretch I pulled him (out) and he came running. He showed me a big kick.”
Gervinho has won both starts with earnings of $102,000. He ran the mile on turf in 1:34.59 and won by one-half length.
For Gervinho’s pedigree, click http://www.pedigreequery.com/gervinho.