08/25/2012 2:03PM

Goodwood: Premio Loco, 8, upsets Celebration Mile


Premio Loco, an 8-year-old gelding and 20-1 shot, scored a surprise win in Saturday’s Group 2 Celebration Mile at Goodwood Racecourse in England, leading throughout.

Ridden by George Baker for Chris Wall, Premio Loco held off a late threat from Thistle Bird to win by a neck. Aljamaaheer, the 7-4 favorite in a field of five, closed well through the final furlong, but finished third, a head behind Thistle Bird.

Owned by Bernard Westley, Premio Loco, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Prized, has won 15 of 36 starts. The Celebration Mile was his eighth career stakes win. He had previously won group stakes in England, Sweden, and Germany.

◗ At York, the 6-year-old Times Up won the Group 2 Lonsdale Cup over two miles, giving jockey William Buick another major stakes win this week.

Friday, Buick rode Ortensia to a win in the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Times Up, an 11-1 shot trained by John Dunlop, won the Lonsdale Cup by 2 1/4 lengths over 10-1 High Jinx. Times Up closed from the back of the field of 11 and took the lead in the final furlong.

Dunlop indicated that Times Up could make his next start in a distance race in France this fall.

Earlier on the York program, jockey Frankie Dettori won the 19-runner Ebor Handicap on Willing Foe, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Dynaformer.

Owned by Godolpin Racing and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, Willing Foe finished a neck in front of Royal Diamond in the race over 1 3/4 miles.

The Ebor Handicap was the day’s richest race in England, worth approximately $350,000.