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KINSALE KING ADDS ANOTHER UPSET WIN IN PALOS VERDES WITH BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT CHAMPION DANCING IN SILKS A VICTIM
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2010) – Gaining his third straight upset victory under the care of trainer Carl O’Callaghan, lightly-raced 5-year-old gelding Kinsale King scorched the four-race winning streak of Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion Dancing in Silks Saturday when triumphant in Santa Anita’s 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 Palos Verdes Handicap at six furlongs.
With Martin Garcia in the saddle, Kinsale King withstood the late charge of another longshot, Ventana, by one-half length while 9-10 favorite Dancing in Silks settled for third, another 1 ¼ lengths back without mounting a serious threat under Joel Rosario.
Kinsale King crossed the wire in 1:08.81 after tracking the early pace of Eaton’s Gift and gaining control entering the stretch. “He never gave up, he just kept going,” said Garcia in the winner’s circle.
Dr. Patrick Sheehy’s Super Horse Inc. transferred the son of Yankee Victor to the care of O’Callaghan, a native of County Clare, Ireland, last year following a maiden victory in four starts. In his debut for the new trainer last Oct. 30, Kinsale King won an optional claimer at Santa Anita by three lengths. His odds were 61-1. He returned for a gritty neck victory in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Vernon O. Underwood Stakes on Dec. 6. His odds were 7-1.
Carrying 116 pounds, he rewarded his backers Saturday with mutuels of $20.20, $9.80 and $4.40. Ventana, ridden by Joe Talamo, returned $11.60 and $4.40. The show price on Dancing in Silks, who carried high weight of 123 pounds in the field of seven, was $2.60.
“He’s so good to me, this horse, I don’t believe it,” said a joyous O’Callaghan.
Carla Gaines, who conditions Dancing in Silks for Ken Kinakin, took the setback in stride. “He (Rosario) got him off the rail appropriately,” she said. “I just think he was spotting a lot of weight, the track is a little tiring, and he missed one work on the comeback. So he ran very respectably. It looks like he just got a little tired.”
O’Callaghan said that the March 27 Dubai Golden Shaheen would be next for Kinsale King. “I promised Dr. Sheehy in June that we’d head to Dubai,” he said. “That’s been my goal since I got this horse.
“Dr. Sheehy is a super guy, and he’s got a ton of confidence in me, but the horse is the most important thing. I get on him every day, and he just puts out. It’s hard to explain.”
The Palos Verdes victory, worth $90,000, boosted Kinsale King’s earnings to $207,080 from an overall record of 4-0-1 in seven starts.
The 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes, a turf event at 1 ¼ miles, heads Sunday’s nine-race program with first post at 12:30 p.m.