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Fluke Edges Caracortado in Kilroe

Fluke registered the second grade I win of his career when he outfought favored Caracortado by a head in an exciting finish to the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) on the Santa Anita turf March 5.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the stalking Fluke found a hole at the rail near midstretch and opened up a lead, then held off Caracortado, the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10. Caracortado, next to last leaving the far turn, split rivals through the lane to challenge on the far outside and just missed. Jeranimo finished third. The final time was 1:33.50 over a firm turf.

Humberto Ascanio trains Fluke, a 6-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Wild Event owned by Patricia Bozano. Fluke ended a 46-race losing streak for Ascanio when he captured the one-mile Thunder Road Handicap (gr. IIIT) Feb. 5. Formerly trained by Bobby Frankel, Fluke won the Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park in November 2009,  just days after the Hall of Fame conditioner died of Lymphoma.

“You couldn’t have a better trip than that," Ascanio said. "He saved all the ground. If he went outside, I don’t know what would have happened."

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Once again Bejarano riding the inside rail while Talamo on the best horse by the way was signing autograph's for the fan's that were watching the race on the outer rail got beat by the better ride that Fluke received. This was just a case of the horse that received the better ride winning the race not the better horse winning the race such as was the case in this edition of the Kilroy Mile. Good job Bejarano as for Talamo what were you doing out there ?
Im really starting to hate Smokin Joe, he held Caracortado back to long, this should have been an easy race for him.

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