ARCADIA, Calif. — At a age of 7, Bal a Bali is firm for a Breeders’ Cup Mile during Del Mar in Nov for a initial time.
Bal a Bali won a Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on territory for his second Grade 1 win of a year Saturday during Santa Anita. The $400,690 Shoemaker Mile is partial of a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, charity a fees-paid berth to a BC Mile on Nov. 4 to a winner.
Bal a Bali ($8.20) won a Shoemaker by three-quarters of a length over 5-2 Farhaan and was timed in a discerning 1:32.22. The march record of 1:31.69 was set by Vyjack final October.
A ideal outing led to Bal a Bali’s victory.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Bal a Bali was fifth for a initial half-mile, stalking 5-2 favorite Heart to Heart by plain fractions of 22.67 seconds for an opening quarter-mile and 45.07 for a half-mile. Smith urged Bal a Bali into row with a far-reaching convene in a widen and took a lead in a final furlong.
“It looked like he was in a good place,” tutor Richard Mandella said. “He was good and relaxed.”
Farhaan, leader of a Grade 3 Thunder Road Stakes in April, finished a nose in front of Heart to Heart, who was followed by Free Rose, Gangster, Bolo, and What a View.
Bal a Bali has won 15 of 25 starts and has warranted $1,257,923. A Brazilian-bred equine by Put It Back, Bal a Bali won a Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile on territory here in Mar in his initial start in some-more than 8 months, though was fifth in a Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic during Churchill Downs on May 6.
Following a Woodford Reserve, Bal a Bali was quickly in training during San Luis Rey Downs training core before rejoining Mandella’s fast in late May.
Bal a Bali, who won a Rio Triple Crown in Brazil in 2014, has missed a Breeders’ Cup since of illness and setbacks in new years. He was diagnosed with laminitis shortly after nearing in a United States in 2014. In 2015, he did not have a form indispensable to run a Breeders’ Cup race. Last fall, Bal a Bali was not in training when a Breeders’ Cup was held.
Bal a Bali is owned by Calumet Farm, who acquired tact rights final tumble and opted to keep him in training this year.
Mandella pronounced Bal a Bali will have a debate in a second half of a year geared toward a BC Mile.
“A mile seems a good race,” Mandella said. “You design him to win each time since he’s a good horse.”