In Ollie Sangster’s native England, they would say Kimari bolted up.
Corny joke, but accurate description of the filly’s performance in the Bolton Landing Stakes.
Runner-up in Royal Ascot’s prestigious Group 2 Queen Mary June 19, Ten Broeck Farm’s Kimari went for a frolic around Saratoga’s Mellon turf course Wednesday afternoon, winning the $100,000 stakes by 4 lengths.
“For sure I was nervous. It’s different when you have a five-or-ten-to-one shot, but this was five-to-one on,” Sangster said referring to Kimari’s 1-5 odds. “That was a relief, I was nervous. We won this last year too, but we weren’t five-to-one on.”
A sigh of relief for the young Englishman responsible for overseeing various Wesley Ward rocketships throughout the year.
Kimari, a bigger than average, yet pretty Ward rocketship, won Wednesday’s featured turf sprint stakes en route to a possible go at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Nov. 2.
“She came up to Keeneland mid-March from Palm Meadows. We all know what she did at Keeneland, the fastest 2-year-old time at the meet,” Sangster said of Kimari’s 15-length romp April 25, competing 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.02. “Then she got unlucky at Ascot. The ground perhaps wasn’t to her liking but she still ran a huge race.
“She’s been training great back at Keeneland ever since and showed us the horse she is just there. She did it so easy and they weren’t slow fractions. She was cruising.”
Kimari worked three times at Keeneland after returning from England and went for an easy 4 furlongs in :51.92 over the Oklahoma turf Saturday before running in the 5 1/2-furlong Bolton Landing.
“She’s a big, strong, scopey, Wesley Ward type of horse,” Sangster said. “She’s very easy to deal with and a pleasure to have in the barn. I haven’t ridden her recently but I rode her the whole time during Keeneland’s spring meet and Ascot. Now that she’s done all this, it’s very satisfying.”
To read the rest of the Bolton Landing recap, download Thursday’s digital edition of The Saratoga Special presented by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.