Santa Anita: River Boyne, Defending Champ Ohio Do Battle In Grade 1 Kilroe Mile

Trainer Jeff Mullins’ rejuvenated Irish-bred River Boyne heads a wide open field of 10 older horses in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe mile on turf. 

Others who rate tremendous chances are recent one mile turf allowance winner Sellwood, Kilroe Mile defending champ Ohio and recent graded stakes winner Desert Stone.

RIVER BOYNE
Owner:  Red Baron’s Barn & Rancho Temescal, LLC                                   
Trainer:  Jeff Mullins

Winless in eight starts prior to running what may’ve been the best race of his career—an emphatic 2 ½ length score in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes at one mile on turf Feb. 8, this 5-year-old full horse earned a career-best 99 Beyer Speed figure and looks like the horse to beat with Abel Cedillo back in the irons. A three-time graded stakes winner in Southern California at age three, River Boyne was a close fourth in last year’s Kilroe and was a huge second in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile (turf) six starts back on May 27, 2019.  A stone miler, he’s 12-4-3-2 at the trip and will surpass the  $1 million mark in career earnings should he hit the board in what will be his 24th start.

SELLWOOD
Owner:  Gulliver Racing, LLC                              
Trainer:  Jeff Mullins

Breaking from the far outside in a field of nine, this 5-year-old ridgling by the A.P. Indy stallion Girolamo was taken in hand out of the gate and saved ground while about 10 lengths off the lead around the first turn.  With Mike Smith orchestrating a perfect trip, he saved as much ground as he could with the rails at 30 feet and fairly exploded late to win like a horse who’s capable of much more while earning a 98 Beyer.  With a one mile turf mark of 9-2-4-1, Sellwood appears more than ready for his career close up in what will be his first graded stakes assignment.      

OHIO
Owner:  Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Alan Treitman              
Trainer:  Michael McCarthy

Following a pattern that produced an upset win in last year’s Kilroe Mile. McCarthy wheeled this 9-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding over to Phoenix, AZ on Jan. 11, with the result being a repeat victory in the one mile turf Cotton Fitzsimmons Handicap.  Seventh after the first half mile, Ohio moved into close attendance around the far turn and in a tough stretch battle, prevailed by a neck under Jose Valdivia, Jr., who rides back on Saturday.  Winless in six starts following last year’s Kilroe win, Ohio’s connections are hopeful his Arizona confidence builder will produce his second Grade I trophy.

DESERT STONE
Owner:  Zayat Stables, LLC                                   
Trainer:  Richard Baltas

Although he has but one win from seven one mile turf tries, this 5-year-old Irish-bred gelding rallied from off the pace to win the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf San Gabriel Stakes by a neck on Jan. 4, a huge effort, considering he had been idle since well beaten in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27, 2019.

THE GRADE I FRANK E. KILROE MILE WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 5 of 12 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PT

  1. True Valour—Umberto Rispoli—122
  2. River Boyne—Abel Cedillo—122
  3. Got Stormy—Tyler Gaffalione—119
  4. Next Shares—Flavien Prat—122
  5. Sellwood—Mike Smith—120
  6. Ohio—Jose Valdivia, Jr.—122
  7. Kingly—Mario Gutierrez—122
  8. Frontier Market—Joel Rosario—120
  9. Sash—Drayden Van Dyke—120
  10. Desert Stone—Geovanni Franco–122

Special early first post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates open at 9:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

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