Favored Beyond Brilliant Takes Grade II, $200,000 City Of Hope Mile Gate To Wire
FAVORED BEYOND BRILLIANT TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 CITY OF HOPE MILE GATE TO WIRE IN 1:32.61
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2022)—Favored Beyond Brilliant scored an impressive gate to wire victory under Victor Espinoza in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile as he controlled the pace en route to a three quarter length win while negotiating the mile on turf in 1:32.61. Trained by John Shirreffs and owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, the 4-year-old colt by Twirling Candy registered his second win from four starts this year and his third overall graded stakes win.
A disappointing sixth as the 8-5 favorite in going a mile and one eighth on turf in the Grade II Eddie Read Stakes July 31, Beyond Brilliant was off at 4-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds and up and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.20.
Out of the First Defence mare Summer On the Lawn, Beyond Brilliant is now 14-5-3-2 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, he boosted his earnings to $706,780.
A pair of Irish-breds, both trained by Phil D’Amato, checked second and third.
Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Cathkin Peak, off at 5-2, finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Prince Abama and paid $3.20 and $2.40.
With Juan Hernandez up, Prince Abama was off at 5-1 and $3.00 to show while finishing a head on front of Kanderel.
Fractions on the race were 22.67, 46.16, 1:09.37 and 1:21.01.