Bolo Upsets In Arcadia To Make History

by | 02.11.2017 | 6:58pm
Bolo and jockey Mike Smith, outside, outleg What a View (Tyler Baze), inside, and Conquest Enforcer (Flavien Prat), left, to win the Grade II, $200,000 Arcadia Stakes

Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo made history in Saturday's G2 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita, becoming the only horse to win the race two years in a row. Bolo and Mike Smith just got up on the wire to win by a whisker in a final time of 1:34.51 over the good turf. The 5-year-old son of Temple City is trained by Carla Gaines.

“Carla and her crew are wonderful,” Smith said. “He had a breathing problem and they've taken care of that. They got him to this race and he just ran dynamite. I'm happy he ran the way he did today.”

Bolo was a bit tough to hold in the early going, fighting Smith while trapped along the inside rail third in the five-horse field. On the front, What A View set moderate early fractions of :23.74 and :46.92, a long length in front of co-favorite Conquest Enforcer. The other well-backed entrant, Ring Weekend, took up his customary position at the rear of the field. Bolo finally setlled mid-way through the backstretch along the rail.

Conquest Enforcer ranged up to challenge What A View nearing the head of the lane, but What A View put away that rival convincingly. Bolo, checked at the three-eighths pole, found clear running room and hit his best stride just in time to nip What A View on the wire, winning by a nose. Conquest Enforcer finished third, and Ring Weekend was fourth.

“I can't beat Smith!” laughed Tyler Baze, aboard What A View. “What a View ran good, really good. I'm just tired of getting beat by Smith today.”

Bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm, Bolo was recording just the second graded stakes victory of his career on Saturday. Out of a daughter of Chief Seattle, Bolo has hit the board in Grade 1 company twice, and finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby. Overall, the horse has a record of five wins from 13 starts, with earnings of over $600,000.

  • riatea

    Ga Hai (by Determine) won this race in 1975 and 1976.

    • john

      Better change the headline then!

    • Jbumi

      This is a great example of why changing a race’s name causes confusion. Ga Hai twice won the Arcadia Handicap – now called the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap. This race was established in 1988 as the El Rincon Handicap; changed its name to the Arcadia Handicap in 2001 (the same year the original Arcadia became the Frank Kilroe); called the Budweiser Arcadia Handicap in 2010; & then became known as the Arcadia Stakes in 2011.

      • riatea

        Thank you Jbumi. I think it is going to be even more confusing for me going forward, especially with the California stakes.

      • Leonard

        You are correct about all these name changes, it does create confusion. Just don’t understand why? When the original name gets mentioned then tell light bulb turns on. Thanks for reminder of races real name.

        • Jbumi

          All these name changes drive me crazy (as if I needed help)! I don’t know why they’re always rearranging the names of stakes. It always saddens me as I feel we’re erasing the history of the sport.

    • Steve

      An interesting story – I became friends with Gene Cleveland, who trained Ga Hai, near the end of his career, and one day I asked him “who was the best horse you ever trained?” I expected him to say Most Host, who beat Damascus in the mud at Santa Anita in a big race (I think Damascus was 1/5 that day). He surprised me by saying he thought Ga Hai was the best horse he ever trained

  • Ida Lee

    Congratulations Bolo…did that mean Mike Smith try to ruin your run by holding you back ?? Great finish ….

    • Carla Parrillo

      I always got the impression that Like Smith is one of the top jockeys.
      He is not on the top of my list but i like some of his ideas.
      Wouldn’t be better to let a horse like Bolo work with you. After overcoming breathing issues and 5yrs old. Why push him in the start and tire him out. I always notice a smart older horse with experience can master the race and grab the opportunity. When it is given guidance from the jockey helps this too.
      I am observing this while watching the daily races during what I call the OFF SEASON.
      Your experience is much stronger than mine. I do read them with an open mind and always appreciate the replies you send out.

      • Ida Lee

        Thanks Carla…you know, I was talking more “tongue in cheek” about Mike. He’s one of the best jockeys ever and definitely one of my favorites. (He’s the reason I watched all the episodes of the reality series “The Jockeys” or whatever it was called.) Your observations are on point here. When you’re dealing with animals, especially high-strung ones like TBs, it’s difficult to know when to hold them back (if you don’t, they may exhaust themselves) or let them go, and they exhaust themselves….either way, they will probably not be first to the finish line. On the other hand, maybe they’re Bolo and just makes it. Zenyatta’s 2nd Classic where she lost to Blame by a head (maybe less) is a good example. Mike knows Zenyatta and he knew she was rank coming out of the gate….very unusual for Zenyatta…he struggles to get her calmed down and he did, but to this day, I think that’s where she lost the race. Maybe, he should have just let her run…..just saying ….

        • Carla Parrillo

          You know alot. Obviously have a lot of experience. Sorry for my wordy replies. I can get very involved or emotional when the welfare, in my mind, of the horses might not been noticed. That isn’t the case here. What you stated is true. …and a good jockey can read his horse and know when to let the horse control the race. Again I’m a very green observer. Replies from yourself and a few others is helping. How sincere am I to learn. I found sites on Google for terminology, and vocabulary I plan to go to the library and have printed. Just for variety today I. Watched the Bull Riding competitions. I found a great article on head concussions that the riders endure. After working in a trauma center for 27 years I could relate to alot of the findings they are finally relating to the public. Helmets ARE LIMITED IN HOW MUCH THEY CAN PREVENT CONCUSSIONS.

          • Ida Lee

            Carla, the people who comment on this blog love horses and love horse racing….for us, the horse always comes first. So, it’s wonderful to see someone like you posting here because it’s obvious the horse is your first priority. As an aside, I don’t watch bull riding…it does not look right to me. Bulls are not meant to be ridden for sport. This is just my opinion and not a comment on other people’s love for the sport.

          • Carla Parrillo

            I started watching port Bull Riding more than ten years ago stayed with my mother who had alzheimers. Saturdays and Sundays I would tune into programs that would spark her interest. Those hunky cowboys did the trick. But as I was reading the article and saw what they said regarding concussions, I also spotted a section in the story that got into weight issues for these riders too. I thought this to be ironic considering how different the two sports really are. It is a good article because of how the jockeys are trying to improve the same issue with weight. Just a piece of info to share. California Chrome’s birthday is Saturday Feb 18th. The have promoted a program for send him birthday cards. Taylor Ranch and Art asked for actual cards to be mailed. To actually see the wishes that are sent to the Big Champ.

          • Ida Lee

            My computer’s been down…Too late to send our beloved Chrome a birthday card …. maybe I’ll send flowers …. thanks for the info….

  • Independent Red

    Nice horse…great Jock. That was a nice ride.

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Congratulations to Bolo and his handsome sire Temple City, who is also sire of Miss Temple City a Grade 1 winner. I do admire Temple City. He shines like hot black tar in his photo. Linda

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