03/27/2010 10:55AM

Meydan: "It's the U.S.A."


The United States had one starter in the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters on Saturday, and California-based Kinsale King held up his end of the deal. He won the race over about six furlongs by a half-length over Rocket Man, a highly respected sprinter from Singapore who suffered just the second loss of his 10-race career.

Kinsale King does not lose often either. Trained by Carl O'Callaghan for Patrick Sheeny, Kinsale King has won four consecutive races, a streak that began when O'Callaghan began training the gelding last summer. At the time, O'Callaghan said Kinsale King was battling foot problems.

O'Callaghan was dreaming of Dubai last fall after Kinsale King won the Grade 3 Vernon Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Underwood is one of the lesser graded sprint stakes in California, but O'Callaghan, who will admit to being a dreamer, had a big plan.

Saturday, he showed it to the world. Kinsale King, ridden by Garrett Gomez, took the lead on the turn and held it to the wire. Nearing the finish, Meydan track announcer Terry Spargo was anticipating a very close finish between Kinsale King and Rocket Man. When it appeared that Kinsale King would hold on, Spargo summed up the race best - "It doesn't matter. It's the U.S.A."