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.
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