Comet Rides Hot Streak into Kilroe Mile

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Ride a Comet | Horsephotos

Ride a Comet (Candy Ride {Arg}) rides a four-race win streak into his first try at the highest level in Saturday's GI Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita. Starting off his hot streak with a victory in the GII Del Mar Derby in September of 2018, the blue-blooded bay was on the sidelines for 25 months and returned with an optional claimer score on the Woodbine synthetic Oct. 16. Capturing the GII Kennedy Road S. over that oval Nov. 21, he won the GIII Tropical Turf S. back on the grass at Gulfstream Jan. 9.

Another horse on a hot streak is Hit the Road (More Than Ready). Capturing a local optional claimer in May, the bay took the Oceanside S. at Del Mar July 10 and was subsequently shelved. He returned with a decisive victory in this course-and-distance GIII Thunder Road S. Feb. 6.

Smooth Like Strait (Midnight Lute) came up a head short of Grade I glory two starts back and looks to break through at the top level this time. Winner of the GIII La Jolla H. last summer, the bay was fourth in the GII American Turf S. Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs, but rebounded with a victory in the GII Twilight Derby back in Arcadia Oct. 18. He was a very close second next out in the GI Hollywood Derby Nov. 28 and returned to the winner's circle next time in the GII Mathis Brothers Mile Dec. 26.

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