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Dubai Sprint Champion Kinsale King Races At Golden Gate Fields Thursday
Kinsale King, who traveled to Dubai last year to win the $2 million Golden Shaheen, will make his first start of 2011 at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.
Kinsale King won the six-furlong Golden Shaheen by a half-length over Rocket Man at Meydan Racecourse. Meydan, like Golden Gate Fields, conducts racing on Tapeta, a synthetic surface, and Kinsale King worked out at Golden Gate Fields in preparation for the Group 1 Golden Shaheen.
Kinsale King will race at Golden Gate Fields for the first time when he takes on four rivals in the third race, a six-furlong allowance dash for older horses. Southern California-based jockey Mike Smith is making the trip to the Bay Area to ride Kinsale King for trainer Carl O’Callaghan, whose stable is based at Hollywood Park.
Kinsale King followed up his big victory in Dubai with a solid third-place finish in the Group I Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot Racecourse in England. Kinsale King disappointed in his final two starts of 2010, however, as he finished 12th in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket in England and seventh in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Kinsale King is a 6-year-old gelding who has five wins and two thirds in 11 career starts and $1,478,920 in earnings. Kinsale King is a heavy 4-to-5 favorite on the morning line in Thursday’s feature.
The field for Thursday’s main event, in post position order, is as follows: Kinsale King, Smith rides at 118 pounds, 4-to-5; Paul’s Hope, Frank Alvarado, 118, 4-to-1; Posse Power, Leslie Mawing, 117, 10-to-1; Dream Nettie, Russell Baze, 117, 6-to-1; and Shudacudawudya, Francisco Duran, 122, 5-to-2.
Posse Power, Dream Nettie, and Shudacudawudya are all stakes-winners. Paul’s Hope is a 7-year-old gelding who has earned $306,860.
Post time at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m. The featured third race will be run at approximately 1:47 p.m.
GGF NOTES: Thursday’s eight-race program kicks off five straight days of racing at Golden Gate Fields, which will present a special Presidents’ Day card on Monday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.