Gold Phoenix Rises To Challenge In Kilroe Mile

GOLD PHOENIX (IRE) (g, 5, Belardo {Ire}–Magnifica, by Mizzen Mast) jumped out of the ground with an eighth of a mile to run in Saturday’s GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. at Santa Anita and outsprinted the fast-finishing Du Jour (Temple City) for a maiden success at the top level. Beaten for speed, the chestnut settled in the second half of the field as Air Force Red (Air Force Blue) cut out a modest pace of :47.06 for the opening half-mile. Remaining glued to the fence and quietly ridden into the final three-eighths of a mile by Kazushi Kimura, Gold Phoenix traveled strongly into the lane, exploded through a hole four off the inside at the furlong grounds and found the wire a half-length to the good of Du Jour, who also displayed a sharp turn of foot to just miss. Sales history: €24,000 RNA Ylg ’19 GOFOCT. O-Little Red Feather Racing, Sterling Stables LLC or Naify; B-Mighty Universe Ltd; T-Phil d’Amato.

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