Hobeau Farm’s 4-year-old homebred gelding Delightful Kiss worked three furlongs in :35 4/5 Dec. 19 at Calder Race Course to earn a ‘bullet’ for the distance. The roan/gray son of Kissin Kris posted his first drill since finishing second in the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
“He galloped out in 48 flat,” said trainer Pete Anderson. “The main goal next for him is the Sunshine Millions (Classic at Gulfstream Park, Jan. 24), but I’m going to try and get him ready in time to run in the mile race there on opening day (Hal’s Hope Handicap, Jan. 3).
“I’ve been very proud of the season he’s had and look forward to the year ahead,” said the veteran horseman, who has taken Delightful Kiss far and wide across the nation over the last two years, including California before the Clark, winning the All American Stakes (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields in September and finishing fourth in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Marathon at Santa Anita Oct. 25, beaten only two lengths.
Delightful Kiss made the first six starts of his career at Calder and launched this year’s campaign finishing second in the Blazing Sword overnight stakes May 24. Winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II) and Iowa Derby (gr. III) as a 3-year-old, his record now stands at 22-6-4-2 with earnings of $822,873. In the Clark, he rallied through the stretch to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Einstein with favorite Commentator tiring to third.