Ascot next trip for Kinsale King

Updated: April 3, 2010, 12:18 AM ET
By Steve Andersen | Daily Racing Form



ARCADIA, Calif. -- Kinsale King has been sent back to California following his win in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 27, and trainer Carl O'Callaghan is already finalizing details for another international trip -- to England for the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 19.

O'Callaghan, who won the biggest race of his career in the Shaheen, said Kinsale King will not start again until the Group 1 Golden Jubilee, which is run over a straight six furlongs on turf.

To prepare Kinsale King, O'Callaghan said he may take the gelding to Maryland to train at Fair Hill Training Center later this spring to utilize long grass gallops.

O'Callaghan said he will know in two or three weeks whether Kinsale King has recovered from Dubai sufficiently to be prepared for the Golden Jubilee. Kinsale King will clear quarantine this weekend, and appears to have lost some weight on the return trip, the trainer said.

"He sucked up a little bit compared to when we got over there," O'Callaghan said. "I'm sure he lost a few pounds."

Owned by Patrick Sheehy, Kinsale King won his third consecutive stakes in the Golden Shaheen over about six furlongs, holding off a late threat from Rocket Man. Kinsale King was the only American-trained winner on the Dubai World Cup program.

Kinsale King won the Grade 3 Vernon Underwood Stakes and Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap in Southern California in December and January. A 5-year-old by Yankee Victor, Kinsale King has won 5 of 8 starts and $1,407,080.

Sutherland bids good-bye for now

Chantal Sutherland ended her winter stay at Santa Anita on Thursday, and will return to Woodbine in her native Canada next week. But Sutherland, 34, said a return to California is on her mind later this year.

"At some point, I've got to stay," she said.

In the 2008-09 Santa Anita winter meeting, Sutherland won 18 races, but no stakes. This year, she won 18 races, and three stakes, including the Grade 2 El Encino Stakes with Pretty Unusual and the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes with Amen Hallelujah in January.

Through Thursday, Sutherland was 11th in the standings. She suffered through a 55-race losing streak in February and March but had three winners in the final week of March and one on Thursday.

"When you don't have a lot of business behind you and you're here for a short time, you've got to wait for those horses to come back," she said.

Sutherland missed the first three days of the Woodbine meeting, which began on Friday, while serving a suspension from 2009. Sutherland will resume riding there next Friday, she said.

"I love Canada," Sutherland said. "The money is so unbelievable."

Snow Chief next for Self Made

Self Made stretched his unbeaten streak to two races in an optional claimer on Thursday and will make his stakes debut in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 24, trainer John Sadler said.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Self Made ($5.20) closed from last in a field of six to win Thursday's race by three-quarters of a length, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.52.

"This was an important race for him," Sadler said.

Self Made beat 3-year-olds in a sprint in his debut on Feb. 21 and faced older horses on Thursday. The Snow Chief Stakes is restricted to 3-year-old statebreds and is run over 1 1/8 miles on the main track. By Old Topper, Self Made races for breeders Tommy and Debbie Stull's Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.

Self Made's career was postponed last year when he suffered a leg injury. At the time, Sadler thought the colt had promise.

"He had a tibia issue at 2 and that set him back for 60 to 90 days," Sadler said.