What a View wins the 2016 Frank E. Kilroe under Kent Desormeaux
What a View, fresh off his front-running victory as the 1-2 favorite in the Crystal Water Stakes for California-breds on May 20, is on course for his next major objective, Saturday’s Grade I, $ 400,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf at Santa Anita.
The Shoemaker is the first Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race this year, entitling the nominated winner to automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
Rather than train the gelded son of Vronsky up to the Shoemaker following his close sixth-place finish in the Grade I Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland on April 14, trainer Kenny Black opted to run What a View in the Crystal Water, essentially picking up $ 60,000 for a paid work.
“Everything is good,” said the loquacious Black. “I don’t have to work him; he’s fresh, he’s sharp, doing well. I won’t work him before the race. He just ran a mile (in the Crystal Water) 10 days ago.
“I think he’ll be even better. Last time we ran him back in two weeks he was even better. He had a higher Beyer number than he did the time before, so we’re good to go.”
Black was alluding to What a View’s second by a half length in the California Cup Turf Classic on Jan. 28, in which he earned a 99 Beyer, followed by a head second on Feb. 11 in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes, for which he got 100.
What a View’s forte is speed, usually setting the pace early on, then attempting to hold off a cavalry charge in deep stretch. It’s a modus operandi that’s paid off to date with seven wins and five seconds, good for earnings of $ 824,326.
With $ 240,000 guaranteed the winner, should What a View win the Shoemaker, he would surpass millionaire status.
Probable for the Shoemaker Mile: Bal a Bali, Bolo, Farhaan, Free Rose, Gangster, Heart to Heart, Perfectly Majestic and What a View.
Bolo worked five furlongs on the main track Sunday in 59.60 for Carla Gaines, while Farhaan went the same distance on the training track in 1:00.60 for Phil D’Amato.
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