2020 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Preview, Entries & Odds

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: March 05, 2020

River Boyne, trainer Jeff Mullins' rejuvenated Irish-bred, heads a wide open field of 10 older horses in the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, March 7.

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.

2020 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Entries & Odds

Race 5 at Santa Anita on Saturday, March 07 - Post 4:30 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 True Valour (IRE) 6-1 Umberto Rispoli
122 Lbs
Simon Callaghan
2 River Boyne (IRE) 3-1 Abel Cedillo
122 Lbs
Jeff Mullins
3 Got Stormy 5-2 Tyler Gaffalione
119 Lbs
Mark Casse
4 Next Shares 10-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
Richard Baltas
5 Sellwood 15-1 Mike Smith
120 Lbs
Jeff Mullins
6 Ohio (BRZ) 6-1 Jose Valdivia, Jr.
122 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
7 Kingly 15-1 Mario Gutierrez
122 Lbs
Bob Baffert
8 Frontier Market 6-1 Joel Rosario
120 Lbs
John Sadler
9 Sash (GB) 30-1 Drayden Van Dyke
120 Lbs
Mark Glatt
10 Desert Stone (IRE) 10-1 Geovanni Franco
122 Lbs
Richard Baltas

RIVER BOYNE

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.

Owner: Red Baron's Barn & Rancho Temescal, LLC | Trainer: Jeff Mullins

SELLWOOD

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.

Owner: Gulliver Racing, LLC | Trainer: Jeff Mullins

OHIO

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.

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

DESERT STONE

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.

Owner: Zayat Stables, LLC | Trainer: Richard Baltas

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