03/04/2007 12:00AM

Kip Deville wins Kilroe by a neck


ARCADIA, Calif. - Kip Deville came to California last fall as a three-time stakes winner with ample promise. Saturday, the 4-year-old colt joined the list of the nation's top turf milers.

Kip Deville won his first Grade 1 stakes in Saturday's $300,000 Frank Kilroe Mile, a hard-fought win that has to be considered the best victory of his career. The Kilroe featured seven runners that won graded stakes in 2006.

Dismissed at 9-1, Kip Deville pulled an upset under jockey Richard Migliore, finishing a mile in 1:33.88 and winning by a neck over Bayeux. Silent Name was a nose behind Bayeux in the field of 12.

Kip Deville ($20.20) was always near the front, stalking pacesetter Fast Parade through a slow pace of 23.98 and 48.04 seconds. Fourth with a quarter-mile remaining, Kip Deville rallied three wide in early stretch and took the lead from Silent Name in the final sixteenth. Charmo, the 3-1 favorite, finished seventh.

Kip Deville was fully extended to hold off a late threat from Bayeux.

"They went slow enough, so being close to the pace we had a little bit of an edge," Migliore said. "I thought I’d get there easier. He was game to hold on. I felt pressure coming from the outside."

Kip Deville, who won the Grade 3 Sir Beaufort Stakes here in December, has won 7 of 15 starts and $648,642.

Passified upsets China Doll

Passified pulled an upset in the $96,850 China Doll Stakes, the filly's first stakes win in her third attempt at that level.

Passified fought for the lead with Gotta Have Her through fractions of 23.48 and 47.98 seconds, and held off a late run from Hucking Hot to win by a head. Hucking Hot finished a nose in front of Gotta Have Her in the field of 11 3-year-old fillies.

Passified ($49.20) was ridden by Mike Smith and finished a mile on turf in 1:34.88.

Courtwood, the 5-2 favorite, finished fifth, and was never a threat.

Passified has won 3 of 6 starts and $124,393. Imported from England last fall, Passified has won 2 of 3 starts in the United States for Forging Oaks Farm and trainer Jim Cassidy.

Indian Flare lights up Flower Girl

Indian Flare ($7.20) won the restricted $94,450 Flower Girl Handicap on the hillside turf course, her second stakes win of the meeting.

Ridden by David Flores, Indian Flare ran about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:12.28. She finished three-quarters of a length in front of Forest Code, who finished a half-length in front of Mighty Clever.

Indian Flare has won 6 of 15 starts and $296,496 for Juddmonte Farms and trainer Bobby Frankel.