KIRKWOOD HOMEBRED HOPING TO RUN NEXT IN GRADE I BREEDERS’ CUP MILE NOV. 4
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2017)–Well positioned at the rail and attentive to the pace throughout, Al and Sandee Kirkwood’s heavily favored homebred Blackjackcat took command at the top of the lane and went on to an authoritative 1 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Obviously Mile–his fourth win in a row. Trained by Mark Glatt, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Tale of the Cat got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.70.
“We’re hoping now to be able to run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf, on Nov. 4) said Glatt. “We considered the Shadwell Mile (Grade I, turf, today at Keeneland), but we would have been gambling with how he handled the ship, how he handled the ground and everything else. We gambled by staying home and running here, because this race doesn’t give us any (Breeders’ Cup) points.
“We’re just hoping the committee takes into account that he just won a grade two at a mile on grass (Del Mar, Aug. 20) and he’s now won three stakes in a row. He’s well known here in California, which I think helps because that could help the (pari-mutuel) handle.”
Fresh off victory in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap, Blackjackcat was off at 1-2 in a field of six 3-year-olds and up and paid $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10.
With an overall mark of 14-6-0-4, he picked up $46,800 for the win, boosting his career bankroll to $400,070.
“We claimed his mother (Bootleg Annie, by Go for Gin) for 30 or $40,000 and she won several $100,000 stakes and made about $520,000,” said Al Kirkwood. “We’ve got five mares now and we’ve got a weanling full brother to this horse that we’re very excited about.”
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Bird Is the Word stalked the pace and kept to his task late to finish second, a length in front of Cistron.
Off at 13-1, Bird Is the Word paid $6.40 and $4.40.
Close to the pace while third into the far turn, Cistron wheeled three-wide turning for home and finished third, a neck in front of He Will. Off at 9-1 with Tyler Baze, Cistron paid $3.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.37, 47.26, 1:10.81 and 1:22.39.