06/19/2013 3:28PM

Hollywood Park: Kinsale King 'eager' for return in Friday sprint

Barbara D. Livingston
Kinsale King, shown here with trainer Carl O'Callaghan aboard, makes his first start since September 2011.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The brilliant but fragile sprinter Kinsale King returns to racing following a 21-month layoff in a five-furlong allowance race on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on Friday.

Quarter cracks have plagued the 8-year-old in recent years, limiting him to 15 career starts and forcing owner Patrick Sheehy and trainer Carl O’Callaghan to take a patient approach. O’Callaghan says he is just content to see the gelding racing again.

“It will be a big day,” O’Callaghan said. “It will be good to have him back. You don’t see too many horses come back at that age.”

Kinsale King is best known for winning the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse in March 2010. Later that season, Kinsale King was third in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Since then, Kinsale King has made just six starts. He has been working regularly since mid-March.

O’Callaghan said that Kinsale King was based at Golden Gate Fields briefly earlier this month, with the intent of a start there. When the race failed to draw sufficient entries, Kinsale King was sent back to Hollywood Park.

“He’s had a lot of good works here at Hollywood,” O’Callaghan said. “He seems eager, like he was when he was younger.”

Kinsale King was last of nine in the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 7, 2011, his most recent start. He was fifth in the Green Flash Handicap over five furlongs on turf there in August 2011, his last grass race.

Kinsale King, who has earned $1,504,129, is winless in three career starts on turf. Friday’s distance is shorter than O’Callaghan said he would prefer.

“You have to start somewhere,” he said.

Friday’s race drew a field of seven, including the stakes winners Boat Trip, Chiloquin, and Summer Exclusive.

Summer Exclusive, trained by Peter Miller, has won 2 of 3 starts. The only 3-year-old in Friday’s allowance race, Summer Exclusive won the Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-olds over six furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park on April 25.

Chosen Miracle has placed in three stakes on turf, two of which were sprints. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Chosen Miracle was sixth in the Grade 2 American Handicap over a mile on turf May 25 and should benefit from Friday’s shorter distance.

aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
I thought he was retired. He already won the Dubai Golden Shaheen in 2010. He has nothing to prove. Why bring him back for potential injury?
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Give him one or two,don't disgrace him dropping in to claimers like a couple of graded stakes winning gelded sprinters now running for a tag
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Point him to ggf ,give him to dorm,plenty of tapeta stakes sprints
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
radnor87 More than 1 year ago
I hope he comes back good and runs well. The racing public is a fickle crowd, th e people who retire good colts early are greedy, and the people who run older geldings are greedy too. This is a very lightly raced horse, no broken bones in his history, why not give him a chance. As good as he has been to his connections, I'd bet money they will not be abusing him. good luck Carl !
John More than 1 year ago
I thought the same thing Scot ! I hold my breath everytime I see an older horse coming down the stretch, knowing he should be romping in some green pastuer instead ! Heck Lava Man is O'Neils pony now, THATS the way to treat a horse.....
scot More than 1 year ago
Horrible case of racing this horse. He deserves a retirement!! He made them money!
Ffm Web More than 1 year ago
Quarter cracks are the equivalent of a human having a split toenail. I'm sure his connections would not entertain racing him if his connections thought he was not sound enough to race. I would concur with your opinion if the horse was returning from a bone fracture, serious tendon injury or a similar serious condition. A bit of an overreaction here Scot.
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
I agree with you Web. People tend to forget these are RACE horses; they are bred to race. Yes we love them for what they can do for us and love them just being a horse but you have to respect the fact that they feel the horse shows he wants to run to why not let him run. Some great horses have come back after major injuries and had great careers after. This horse hasn't ran in almost two years and now hey have him healthy so why not let him see what he can do. If he runs terrible you retire him because you will see if the horse is into race or not or is not in shape.
Dick More than 1 year ago
Well if you watched him race in 2011, he would barely beat a 50K claiming race. This horse is not 10% of what he once was. He should be retired hands down, or we will see him in a 16k Claiming race...