03/05/2015 3:40PM

Summer Front back for Kilroe Mile

Barbara D. Livingston
Summer Front finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile in November.

ARCADIA, Calif. – The well-traveled Summer Front may be based on the East Coast with trainer Christophe Clement, but his final three starts of 2014 were in California.

The sequence ended with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita last November. Fittingly, Summer Front is back at Santa Anita for Saturday’s $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the top mile turf race of the winter-spring meeting.

“It’s a Grade 1 and we don’t have a Grade 1 in the East right now,” Clement said on Thursday. “This makes sense.”

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It does not make winning any easier, though. Summer Front is part of a strong field of 12 in the Kilroe Mile. A 6-year-old horse owned by Waterford Stable, Summer Front must beat Winning Prize, the winner of the 2014 Kilroe; Za Approval and Home Run Kitten, who were second and third, respectively, in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes here on Jan. 31; and Silentio, who has been second and fifth in the last two runnings of the Kilroe Mile.

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Summer Front (Last 3 Beyers: 105-100-104)

◗ Summer Front is winless in five starts since winning the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January 2014. Summer Front was second in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile here last June and the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar last July before finishing two lengths behind winner Karakontie in the BC Mile on Nov. 1.

“I thought he ran a good race,” Clement said of Summer Front’s effort in the BC Mile. “The first two were the best two in the race, and with a little racing luck we could have been third.

“He’s training well and forward, and I’m anxious to run him.”

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 8 Summer Front. Trainer Christophe Clement is 45-3-11-11 with a $0.54 ROI over the past four years in Grade 1 turf routes. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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Winning Prize (Last 3 Beyers: 88-79-105)

◗ Winning Prize was an intended starter for the Joe Hernandez Stakes for turf sprinters on Feb. 22, but the race was run on the main track because of wet conditions. As a result, Winning Prize was scratched. He worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:30 on Feb. 26.

“I wanted to get a race into him,” trainer Neil Drysdale said. “His training has been a bit interrupted.”

Za Approval (Last 3 Beyers: 95-94-96)

◗ Both of Za Approval’s starts this year came for Mark Casse, who took over the horse’s training from Clement. In the Arcadia Stakes, Za Approval closed from last in the field of seven to finish 1 1/4 lengths behind Avanzare, who is not part of the Kilroe Mile field.

◗ Za Approval raced four wide in the Arcadia Stakes, and has drawn post 11 in the Kilroe. Mike Smith was aboard for the Arcadia, and has the mount on Saturday.

“Mike was a little disappointed in his trip last time,” Casse said. “Mike came back and said he was on the best horse.”

Silentio (Last 3 Beyers: 77-96-103)

◗ Silentio was last of 14 in the BC Turf Sprint here on Nov. 1, emerging from the race a “little jarred,” trainer Gary Mandella said. “He’s started to turn the corner in the last month.”

◗ Silentio was beaten a nose in the 2013 Kilroe, and finished two lengths behind Winning Prize last year.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 6 Silentio. Trainer Gary Mandella is 9-2-2-1 with a $5.91 ROI over the past five years going sprint to route on turf following a layoff of 45 days or more. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 4 Holy Lute. Trainer James Cassidy is 41-2-6-3 with a $0.52 ROI over the past two years going sprint to route on turf. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 2 Hay Dude. Trainer Phil D’Amato is 24-5-2-1 with a $5.60 ROI over the past two years going sprint to route on turf. Click for more details. Dan Illman