ARCADIA, Calif. — Bal a Bali was kept in training this year with a wish he would win a vital competition and raise his long-term value as a stallion prospect.
In Saturday’s Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile, Bal a Bali won his initial start given Jun in a $400,345 competition during a mile on turf. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Bal a Bali sealed from fourth in a final half-mile to locate an detrimental What a View in a final strides.
The Kilroe Mile was Bal a Bali’s second graded stakes win in a United States. The leader of a 2014 Rio Triple Crown in Brazil, Bal a Bali won a Grade 3 American Stakes here in May 2015.
“People need to honour what he’s done,” pronounced winning tutor Richard Mandella.
Bal a Bali ($21.20) was a longest shot in a margin of six. He was timed in 1:33.86.
Castellano had Bal a Bali on a rail on a initial turn, stalking What a View, who set a decent gait of 23.40 seconds for a opening quarter-mile and 46.89 for a half-mile. Bal a Bali was 2 1/2 lengths behind What a View median by a race, and was third with a quarter-mile remaining.
What a View led by 2 1/2 lengths with a furlong to go, and looked to be on his approach to a win before Bal a Bali unleashed a shining rally.
“He ran a good race,” Mandella said.
What a View ran an equally glorious race, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Bolo, a leader of a Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes final month.
What a View, who won a 2016 Kilroe, has been second in 3 uninterrupted stakes on territory this year, including a conduct detriment in a Arcadia. In January, What a View was second in a California Cup Turf Classic.
“The final dual races have been brutal,” tutor Kenny Black said.
Ring Weekend, who won a 2015 Kilroe Mile, was fourth on Saturday, followed by Conquest Enforcer and Dortmund.
The Kilroe Mile was Dortmund’s initial career start on territory and initial start for tutor Art Sherman, who took over a caring of a 5-year-old during a start of a year after prior owners Kaleem Shah and tutor Bob Baffert split ways.
Dortmund was third after a half-mile, though faded on a aspect he could not handle, manoeuvre Victor Espinoza said.
“He didn’t like it during all,” Espinoza said. “He wasn’t comfortable.”
Bal a Bali, a 7-year-old Brazilian-bred by a Honour and Glory stallion Put It Back, has won 14 of 23 starts and warranted $1,003,826. He was acquired by Calumet Farm final year.
Bal a Bali has won 11 stakes trimming in stretch from about 6 1/2 furlongs on territory to 1 1/2 miles.
Bal a Bali was shipped to a United States in a summer of 2014, though was diagnosed with laminitis after nearing in quarantine. He was winless in 5 starts final year.
“He’s a good equine and he’s had a few things happen,” Mandella said.