Golden Pegasus Racing’s Bolo (Temple City), missing in action for nearly two years, returned to the winner’s circle with a 30-1 upset victory in the GI Shoemaker Mile S. at Santa Anita Monday. The win earned the 7-year-old gelding an automatic berth to the GI Breeders’ Cup Mile. Hustled out to the early lead, Bolo was in control through fractions of :23.51 and :46.95. With the field closing in, the 7-year-old was asked for more entering the stretch and he skipped away again to win with authority.
Bolo earned his way into the field for the 2015 GI Kentucky Derby with third-place efforts in the GII San Felipe S. and GI Santa Anita Derby, but switched to the turf after a 12th-place finish behind American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in Louisville. He won the first graded race of his career in the 2016 GII Arcadia S. and returned to win that race again in 2017, but went missing following a sixth-place effort in that year’s GI Shoemaker Mile. He resurfaced in a nine-furlong optional claimer over the Santa Anita lawn Apr. 28 and set the pace before tiring to fifth.
Wayne Hughes purchased Bolo’s dam Aspen Mountain for $210,000 as a Fasig-Tipton July yearling in 2003. She is a half-sister to the dam of GI Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (Birdstone) and multiple Grade I winner Dullahan (Even the Score).
Bolo’s yearling full-sister sold for $25,000 at this year’s Keeneland January sale and his now 2-year-old full-sister RNA’d for $130,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.
Monday, Santa Anita
SHOEMAKER MILE S.-GI, $501,404, Santa Anita, 5-27, 3yo/up, 1mT, 1:34.07, gd.
1–BOLO, 121, g, 7, by Temple City
1st Dam: Aspen Mountain, by Chief Seattle
2nd Dam: Aspenelle, by Vice Regent
3rd Dam: Little to Do, by Dynastic
1ST GRADE I WIN. O-Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc.;
B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Carla Gaines; J-Florent Geroux.
$300,000. Lifetime Record: 19-6-1-4, $976,870. *1/2 to Let Me
Go First (Paddy O’Prado), GSP, $249,847. Werk Nick Rating: A.
Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–River Boyne (Ire), 123, c, 4, Dandy Man (Ire)–Clytha (GB), by
Mark of Esteem (Ire). (€20,000 Wlg ’15 GOFNOV; €65,000 Ylg
’16 GOFSPT; 70,000gns 2yo ’17 TATAHI). O-Red Baron’s Barn
LLC & Rancho Temescal LLC; B-Limestone & Tara Studs (IRE);
T-Jeff Mullins. $100,000.
3–Bowies Hero, 121, h, 5, Artie Schiller–Remembered, by Sky
Mesa. ($16,000 RNA Wlg ’14 KEENOV; $17,000 Ylg ’15 KEESEP;
$32,000 2yo ’16 EASMAY). O-Agave Racing Stable, ERJ Racing,
LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Rockin Robin Racing Stable;
B-Pope McLean, Pope McLean Jr. & Marc McLean (KY); T-Philip
Margins: 1 1/4, NO, 1 1/4. Odds: 32.90, 6.50, 18.00.
Also Ran: Sharp Samurai, Catapult, Ohio (Brz), Delta Prince, Le Ken (Arg), Desert Stone (Ire). Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.