12/27/2014 6:45PM

Bolo cruises to victory in Eddie Logan Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Mike Smith collects his second stakes win of the card aboard Bolo in the Eddie Logan.

ARCADIA, Calif. – It was not the way that Bolo made the jump from a maiden race to the $79,800 Eddie Logan Stakes that impressed trainer Carla Gaines at Santa Anita on Saturday.

Nor was it the way the colt fought off a challenge on the lead from Stormy Liberal before pulling away to win the one-mile turf stakes by 4 1/2 lengths
What caught the attention of Gaines was Bolo’s behavior in the winner’s circle.

“He’s not even blowing,” she said.

Bolo seemed to handle the job with minimal difficulty, leaving Gaines elated with his rapid development. Bolo ($5.60) was timed in 1:34.92, finishing clear of the 10-1 Soul Driver. Daddy D T, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf here in October, finished third in the field of 10, followed by Broughton Kitten, Willing to Travel, Red Button, Ernest Shackleton, Avanti Bello, Pioneerof the West, Stormy Liberal, and Tomasino.

Bolo beat maidens over 1 1/16 miles on turf Nov. 29 at Del Mar by leading throughout. In the Logan, he dueled with Stormy Liberal through early fractions of 22.41 seconds and 46.33 for the first half-mile.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Bolo raced two wide on the backstretch and was very impressive with his stretch run.

“You know he’s doing it easy,” Gaines said. “He’s not a rank horse. Just let him settle into his stride, and he’ll go on forever.”

Bolo, by Temple City, has won 2 of 3 starts and earned $81,700. He is owned by Golden Eagle Racing, a partnership led by Santa Anita chairman Keith Brackpool.