11/02/2010 4:59PM

Kinsale King ideally drawn in post 7

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Carl O'Callaghan is pleased that Kinsale King is drawn in the middle of the field for the BC Sprint.

There were winners and losers alike at Tuesday’s post position draw, and it was easy to tell who was who from the smiles and frowns on the faces of trainers with horses in the various Breeders’ Cup races. One trainer smiling ear to ear after the draw was Carl O’Callaghan, whose Kinsale King received post 7 for the Sprint.

Kinsale King, a 5-year-old gelding with only 10 races under his belt, has not started since finishing a tiring 12th in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 9. He recorded his most important victory last spring when he captured the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan.

“I’m pumped up and really excited about this race,” said O’Callaghan. “I got a great post, right in the middle, exactly what I wanted. And with the two favorites having drawn all the way down on the inside, things couldn’t have worked out better.”

O’Callaghan has taken a somewhat unconventional route getting Kinsale King to the Breeders’ Cup, opting to skip a prep in the Grade 1 Ancient Title to train him up to the race. He went so far as to take Kinsale King to little known Fresno for his penultimate work, a bullet five-eighths in 59 seconds on Oct. 16.

“I shipped him to Fresno because I wanted to work him on dirt, and I worked him between races to get him a little pumped up by the crowd since he’s kind of laid-back for a sprinter,” said O’Callaghan.

Kinsale King has struggled with foot issues throughout his career, but O’Callaghan said he’s better than ever right now.

“His feet are terrible, but this is the best I’ve ever had him and he seemed to really like the track out here this morning,” said O’Callaghan, who also serves as Kinsale King’s exercise rider. “But it’s still a day-to-day proposition with him and something we’ll have to watch and be concerned about right up to the race.”

The two losers at the Sprint draw were Big Drama and Girolamo, who will break from posts 1 and 2, respectively, on Saturday.