What a View turns out to be lone speed in Kilroe
Sprinting to the fore through an opening quarter in :22.65, the California-bred maintained the quick tempo through splits of :46.25 and 1:10.17 on a “good” course that had absorbed a fair amount of rain. Longshot Kenjisstorm could not keep up, and surprisingly, neither could Om, who retreated as though something were amiss.
Midnight Storm and Bal a Bali were unable to mount much of a challenge turning for home, and they spent more time scrimmaging with each other down the lane than making headway. Bolo, the 2-1 favorite, churned on purposefully from the rear without threatening the winner.
Meanwhile, What a View was enjoying the view as he widened his margin to four lengths in midstretch. Despite coming home his last furlong in :12.93, he had long put the race away. What a View was still 3 3/4 lengths on top in a final time of 1:35.57.
Bolo prevailed in a photo-finish with Bal a Bali for runner-up honors, while Midnight Storm faded to fourth. The stewards posted the inquiry sign to take another look at the Bal a Bali versus Midnight Storm bumping match. Determining that Midnight Storm bore more of the blame for lugging in, they allowed the result to stand. There was a 7 1/4-length gap back to Kenjisstorm in fifth, and Om uncharacteristically trailed. De Treville, Dar Re Mi’s son by Oasis Dream, was a late scratch by the vet.
A homebred for the Ellwood Johnston Trust (in the name of Old English Rancho) and Sal and Patsy Berumen, who also campaign him in partnership with Finish Line Racing, What a View was still a maiden last August. The May 5 foal was unraced at two, made just two appearances at three, and didn’t resurface until the summer of his 4-year-old season. But the son of Vronsky made progress, first in the state-bred ranks, before capturing an open-company, entry-level allowance here December 26. What a View broke through with his first stakes victory in the January 30 Cal Cup Turf Classic, and made it three in a row in his graded debut in the Kilroe. Out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, What a View sports a mark of 11-5-2-0, $532,148.
Quotes from Santa Anita
Judy Johnston, co-owner/breeder on the first Grade 1 win without her late husband, Bud Johnston: “He’s in the skybox, up there cheering for us.”
Winning trainer Kenny Black: “We’ve had some issues with his feet and I just wanted to keep him on the grass. There were some really tough horses in here: Bolo, Bal a Bali and Om, so we knew we were going to have to run big to win.”
Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux on What a View: “Well from the ‘View’ I had everyone was going for the lead and this guy loves that; the faster, the better. I thought that if they all wanted to come at him, then he’d run them into the ground and I wanted to try and win the race that way.
“He was loaded turning for home. He was enjoying himself and I think he enjoyed the soft ground. The time is incredible because the turf has a tremendous amount of give in the ground. For him to put that number up on the clock, he’s a real racehorse.”
Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith on runner-up Bolo: “I think anybody that was going to lay close (to What a View) was just going to shoot themselves in the foot. To be honest, I think that helped us run second. If I had tried to lay close, I wouldn’t have run second.”
Photo courtesy of Benoit.