ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2018)–With odds-on favorite World Approval a non factor, longshot Bowies Hero split horses two off the fence turning for home en route to a half length win in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf). Ridden by Corey Nakatani and trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Artie Schiller got the distance over a firm turf in 1:33.61.
As expected both What a View and Om vied for the early lead, and along with Free Rose, this threesome showed the way around the far turn. With Nakatani sitting a confident fourth, he was able to exploit a gap between What a View and Om turning for home in what turned out to be a powerful effort.
Off at 8-1 in a field of eight older horses, Bowies Hero paid $18.60, $8.40 and $7.40.
Owned by Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing, LLC, and Madaket Stables, LLC, Bowies Hero, who took the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) here two starts back on Dec. 26, registered his fifth overall stakes win and all six of his career wins have come from nine tries at a mile on turf. With the winner’s share of $240,000, Bowies Hero now has earnings of $641,325.
Next Shares, who rallied from well back under Rajiv Maragh, was off at 16-1 and paid $15.20 and $10.40.
Finishing a half length back was Channel Maker, who was off at 7-1 with Javier Castellano and paid $6.40 to show.
Off at 1-2 with Flavien Prat, World Approval finished fifth.
Fractions on the race were 22.79, 45.56, 1:09.11 and 1:21.55.