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Kilroe Mile: Parade stretching out
by Geir Stabell ( / Globeform (
Last update: 2007-03-02 13:22:24 (First published: 2007-03-02 09:03:07 )

Santa Anita 3 Mar: Fast Parade was visually most impressive last time out, when taking the Impressive Luck over 6.5 furlongs.

Winning hard held, he produced his lifetime best Globeform rating that day. We know he likes Santa Anita, and we know he is in top shape, but can this sprinter stretch out in distance, and prove equally effective in the Kilroe Mile (G1)?

This Grade One has drawn a competitive field, and Fast Parade is the only one not proven over the distance. He meets last year’s winner Milk It Mick, he meets last year’s Arcadia Handicap (G2) winner Silent Name, he meets the improving Sir Beaufort (G3) winner Kip Deville, he meets the ex-Europeans Charmo - who has won three times over this course - Three Valleys - a good third in the Citation (G1) – and Bayeux - an unlucky second in the Thunder Road last time out. Does Fast Parade have to stay the mile to have a chance?

Yes he does!


Santa Anita 3 March 2007 – 1 mile turf

Top ranked horses presented with sire, career best Globeform
and rider. Top ranked horse on 100, with others ranked down in pounds.

100 – FAST PARADE (Delineator) GF 118+ / V Espinoza
..99 – SILENT NAME (Sunday Silence) GF 116 (Apr06) / C Nakatani
..97 – MILK IT MICK (Millkom) GF 115 / M Smith
..96 – THREE VALLEYS (Diesis) GF 114 / D Flores
..96 – KIP DEVILLE (Kipling) GF 113 / R Migliore
..96 – BAYEAUX (Red Ransom) GF 112+ / J Leparoux
..95 – BOULE D’OR (Croco Rouge) GF 110 / D Sorenson
..94 – CHARMO (Charnwood Forest) GF 114+ / G Gomez
..94 – AFTER MARKET (Storm Cat) GF 110 / A Solis
..93 – PORTO SANTO (Kingsalsa) GF 110 / B Blanc
..94 – TERROPLANE (Verglas) GF 110 / J Valdivia Jr
..91 – GRAFTON (Rahy) GF 104 / M Baze

Fast Parade, the best turf sprinter in the US, was an odds-on winner of the Impressive Luck Hcap over 6.5 furlongs on the lawn here in January. Ridden by Garret Gomez, the son of Delineator won eased down in an impressive 2-length win over Cat and a Half, who beat Scheffer in a photo for second. Fast Parade bounced back after a wasted trip to Hong Kong in December, when forced to miss the Hong Kong Sprint (G1). He beat little in the Imperial Luck but was value for four, maybe even five, lengths as he toyed with the opposition – and this is an improving horse. Last year, Fast Parade won the Nearctic (G2) at Woodbine – beating In Summation – and the Baldwin at Santa Anita – when The Pharaoh was second.

He was a solid winner of the Nearctic, where he raced in third early, kicked away at the top of the lane and had too much left for the attacking In Summation, who he beat by ¾ length. Fast Parade was also impressive as he landed the Green Flash last August, and has he has also won the 6.5-furlong Baldwin Stakes on dirt.

He travelled really well throughout in the Green Flash, where he sat just off the early leader, before moving smoothly up to take command as they entered the straight and won by an easy, easy 3 ¼ lengths over Osidy (a G3 calibre horse). Fast Parade ran to Globerorm 114+, having produced GF 112+ when upsetting the more fancied pair The Pharaoh and Da Stoops in the Baldwin at Santa Anita back in March. Already then, we noted him down as a potential GF 120-horse and he is now on GF 118+. He goes well fresh.

He is a classy sprinter, but is there any chance of staying this mile? Well, if we look back at last year’s Kilroe Mile, won by Milk It Mick, we see that not staying would mean losing. The early fractions were strong, and the first six home all came from off the pace. Looking back on the 2005 edition, we see a race run at nearly the same pace, but with Leroidesanimaux making all to beat two horses that had been stalking the speed.

This year, the field counts 12 horses, and among them are three runners likely to flash early speed; Fast Parade, Silent Name and Kip Deville. Silent Name has been known to pull, and will probably not be allowed to go too fast early. Kip Deville has been in front in longer races, but came from just off the pace when winning the Sir Beaufort over this course and distance in December. He is unlikely to be setting a fast pace here, and Fast Parade’s rider Victor Espinoza will almost certainly be trying to save as much energy as possible.

It could set up quite nicely for him, and Fast Parade must have a big chance. He is the best horse in the race, he is coming off his career best effort, and he has a nice weight. As a son of Delineator, out of the Prospectors Gamble mare Parade of Gold, he is bred to stay a mile. His sire won the Generous Stakes (G3) over a mile as a juvenile, and Delineator has also sired the Longacres Mile (G3) winner Edneator and Tali’sluckybusride, who won the Oak Leaf Stakes (G1) over 8.5 furlongs at two, when she was also third in the Hollywood Starlet (G1) over the same distance – and she went on to take third in the 8.5-furlong Las Virgenes (G1) at three. His dam, Parade of Gold, is a daughter of Prospectors Gamble – who was a sprint / miler and stayed well enough to win the 8-furlong Gold Rush Handicap at three, and the 8-furlong Bel Air Handicap (G2) at five.

Fast Parade was under a hand ride from start to finish in the Impressive Luck, and though racing keenly he was never pulling when Set Alight gave him a lead early on – he cam full of running into the straight, drifting out as a consequence, and looked seriously good. If he stays a mile, he will take all the beating here.

Silent Name impressed in the Arcadia Handicap (G2) here at Santa Anita back in April last year. He had come from well off a (steady) pace to win on his US debut at the same track, but he raced quite keenly and was close to the early speed in the one-mile Arcadia, where he went smoothly ahead on the turn and ran out an easy 1 ½-length winner over Chinese Dragon, with Kilroe Mile (G1) winner Milk It Mick third. At this early stage, one could say that Silent Name was the best turf miler in North America (but one could also see that they were not a world class bunch). Sticking to a mile, but moving on to Hollywood Park, Silent Name was made favorite to the Shoemaker Mile (G1) in May. He could manage only third, in a race that was not run to suit him. The early fractions were too slow, and the one who enjoyed the scenario the most was Aragorn - who beat Charmo and Silent Name readily.

Aragon was about to become the top US miler and he followed up in the 9-furlong Eddie Read Handicap (G1) at Del Mar in July – when Silent Name was third again, beaten 4 ½ lengths. Gary Madella’s runner waws given a break after this – and he returned in the Shadwell Mile (G1) at Keeneland in October – where he ran respectably by was beaten by six of his rivals. He did better in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) where – after setting the pace – he finished sixth, 4 ¾ lengths behind Miesque’s Approval (though just 1 ¼ lengths off runner-up Aragorn). Stertching out to 8.5 furlongs in the Citation (G1) at Hollywood Park was never going to be ideal – Silnt Name faded to sixth, running well below his best.

On his Arcadia form, Silent Name has a shot – but it is hard to know exactly where to place him now. He tends to go a bit too fast early. That said, as mentioned above, there may not be a wild pace, and that would suit him. He has run twice, and won twice, at this track (and distance) and he has a lenient weight.

This race is wide open though, as several are in with a chance, and playing exotics would be both risky and expensive. Unless, of course you take a shot at Fast Parade winning combined with Silent Name and / or Kip Deville hanging in there for second or third. The most likely improver is Kip Deville. His win in the Sir Beaufort was a step up on previous form and he could well prove up to beating many of the older horses. He beat the Big Cap contender Awesome Gem in the Sir Beaufort, and the form was given a nice boost when Aweome Gem won the San Fernando (G2) next time out. Crested and Running Like Water, also coming out of the Sir Beaufort, dominated a stakes quality allowance race when they next ran. Porto Santo, another young horse who may improve, was fourth in the Sir Beaufort but had produced better form when winning the La Jolla Handicap (G2) over 8.5 furlongs at Del Mar in August, and also beaten Zann (third in Sir Beaufort) quite smoothly in the Bien Bien at Hollywood Park. Solid as the older milers are, they do not form a top class bunch, and it would come as no surprise to see younger horses take over this season.



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