By Art Wilson
Southern Calif. NewsGroup
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LONGSHOT BOLO REGISTERS 1 ¼ LENGTH GRADE I, $500,000 SHOEMAKER MILE SHOCKER AS GEROUX & GAINES COMBINE FOR GATE TO WIRE TURF SCORE IN 1:34.07
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2019)–A 32-1 longshot trained by Carla Gaines, Bolo went gate to wire under Florent Geroux to win the $500,000 Grade I Shoemaker Mile in only his second race in nearly two years.
Bolo, a 7-year-old gelded son of Temple City, beat River Boyne by 1 1/4 lengths, running the mile in 1:34.07 while setting fractions of 23.51, 46.95 and 1:10.44. Bowies Hero was third, a nose behind River Boyne. Delta Prince, the 9-5 favorite, finished seventh.
Gaines said she had trouble finding a rider for Bolo.
“To be honest, I was a little miffed,” she said. “I know he’s a horse from the past and he’s had a long time off, but I didn’t have a lot of guys calling me wanting to ride him. I called Derrick Lawson (Prat’s agent) and asked who Prat was riding and he told me he would call Florent’s agent.”
The rest is history as Bolo, 12th in the 2015 Kentucky Derby and sixth in the 2017 Shoemaker Mile, scored his sixth victory in 19 starts and his first since the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 11, 2017.
Note: As the Shoemaker Mile is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race, Bolo has earned a fees-paid berth into the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile here at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.