Summer Front Headlines Strong Field for $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile
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Fri 06/03/2015 - 11:19 EST
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the track will host the 15th running of the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile. Carded at one mile on the grass, the Grade 1 contest has drawn a wide-open field of ten colts and geldings.
Summer Front has been tabbed as the morning line favorite in the competitive field at odds of 7-2 for trainer Christophe Clement. A six-year-old son of War Front, the eight-time career winner is just shy of $1 million in earnings. Last year, he was on the board in four of his six starts and was last seen finishing fourth, beaten two lengths, in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Victor Espinoza will be aboard and they will break from post position eight.
Winning Prize (ARG) trying to defend Kilroe Mile title
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Winning Prize (ARG), the winner of the 2014 edition of the Kilroe Mile (G1). A six-year-old son of Pure Prize trained by Neil Drysdale, he began his career in his native Argentina and made his North American debut in 2013. He has won eight of his fifteen starts and has been on the shelf since a sixth-place finish at Woodbine in August. Rafael Bejarano will be back aboard and they will break from post three.
Za Approval aiming for first win of the year
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Za Approval for trainer Mark Casse. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the seven-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper was fourth in the 2014 installment of the Kilroe Mile (G1). He was last seen finishing second in the Arcadia Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita in his second start of the year. Mike Smith, aboard last time out, has retained the mount and they will break from post eleven.
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