Kinsale King, the Comeback Kid

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Three years ago Kinsale King was an American hero, but these days the dark bay gelded son of Yankee Victor is largely forgotten. It’s hardly surprising that most have not given him a thought in a couple of years, since it’s been nearly that long since he has raced and longer than that since he last visited the winner’s circle. All that will change come Friday, though, when the Group 1 winner returns to the starting gate for the first time since finishing 9th in the 2011 running of the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes.
Back in 2010, Kinsale King was a world traveler. Though he only raced 5 times that year, his campaign took him to 3 different countries and 5 different tracks. He began the year strongly, reeling off victories in the G2 Palos Verdes Handicap and the G1 Golden Shaheen, but after stunning the Golden Shaheen field, he dropped three straight races. He raced just 4 times the following year, and after only managing to hit the board (and win) in an allowance race, trainer Carl O’Callaghan decided to give Kinsale King a long layoff.
O’Callaghan began to seriously train Kinsale King over the winter in the hopes of getting in a prep over the tapeta at Golden Gate Fields before heading back to Dubai to try to repeat in the Golden Shaheen. He quickly learned that even the best laid plans don’t always work out. Kinsale King originally re-entered training last summer, but just as he was beginning to show his old form, he started having problems with his feet, an issue that had plagued him his whole career. Though it was never made clear why Kinsale King didn’t make it back to the races in time to prep for Dubai, it is likely that his foot issues were the culprit yet again.
On Friday, Kinsale King faces a field of six in race 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park, a five furlong allowance race over the turf. Callaghan had stated that he wanted to try to find an easy spot for his barn favorite, but Kinsale King will likely face some competition from the multiple graded stakes placed Chosen Miracle, who has faced some of the top guns in California over the past year. As for future plans for Kinsale King, Callaghan has made it clear that if his charge doesn’t want to be a graded stakes type horse, then he won’t push him. He will never run him for a tag; if nothing else, Kinsale King will become a much beloved barn pet. 


What the Nation is saying about Kinsale King, the Comeback Kid...

Perhaps. It's certainly possible that he would have found another gear if he had seen Boat Trip coming.
Think he would've gotten it without the blinkers?
Good race
Kinsale King missed the win by a neck to Boat Trip.
It would be amazing if he won.
Yes, best of luck to those two old pals.
Him and Carl are an easy pair to root for ... I wish them well!


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.