02/18/2011 4:55PM

Kinsale King heading to Dubai after prep win

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Barbara D. Livingston
Kinsale King is being pointed to a defense of his title in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Kinsale King, who won an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday, will train at Hollywood Park until March 15 before being sent to Dubai for a defense of his title in the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters at Meydan Racecourse on March 26.

Trained by Carl O’Callaghan for Patrick Sheeny, Kinsale King won a six-furlong allowance race by three-quarters of a length over Shudacudawudya under a hand-ride from jockey Mike Smith. The allowance race was Kinsale King’s first start since a seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs last November.

“I thought that was a nice prep,” O’Callaghan said Thursday. “I’m so confident now. We’ve got him back in gear. Mike said he did it very easy. He opened up, and that was it.”

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Kinsale King is one of three Southern California-based runners being considered for the Golden Shaheen. The group includes Square Eddie, who set a Santa Anita track record for 6 1/2 furlongs of 1:13.11 on Jan. 14, and Euroears, winner of the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes on Jan. 22.