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2012 Santa Anita Handicap Day

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Willyconker wins the 2012 Frank E. Kilroe Mile
Willyconker wins the the 2012 Frank E. Kilroe Mile

Willyconker wins the the 2012 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita Park

© Kelley Carlson
Immediately before the Santa Anita Handicap was the $300,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) for older horses going 1 mile on the turf. Arcadia Stakes (G2) and Sir Beaufort (G2) winner Mr. Commons was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of 8. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Jeranimo, second in the San Gabriel (G2) last out, and 6-1 third choice Compari, off his win in the Sensational Star.

Jockey Corey Nakatani sent 14-1 Jimmy Simms to the lead and he set fractions of 23.17, 46.95, and 1:10.62 over the firm course while pressed by Compari, with 10-1 Willyconker stalking the lead pair in third. At the top of the lane, Compari took over the lead from the tiring Jimmy Simms, getting 7/8 in 1:22.34. Willyconker came through between the leaders to gain the lead at the 1/16 pole, and was all out to hold off late-running favorite Mr. Commons by a neck, completing the trip in 1:33.88. It was a length back to Compari third.

Results Chart from Daily Racing Form

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