The Triple Crown tests the stamina of 3-year-olds with the 1½-mile Belmont Stakes (gr. I). But outside of the New York classic, Thoroughbreds in this country don’t get much of an opportunity to race that far, and most of them aren’t bred to cover such a long route of ground.
One runner that has shown he can keep rolling with authority well beyond a mile is Hobeau Farm’s homebred Delightful Kiss, and he’ll get a chance to show off his somewhat rare talent Oct. 25 in the inaugural running of the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
A 4-year-old gelded son of Kissin Kris, Delightful Kiss notched a 11⁄4-length victory in the 1½-mile Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 6. In addition to winning at the Belmont and Marathon distance, the gelding scored over Polytrack, which is a synthetic surface. He also conquered the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields, taking the Sept. 27 All American Stakes (gr. III) at 11⁄8 miles by a length.
Delightful Kiss, who will try Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride track in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, also has won on turf and dirt.
“He’s got a fabulous turn of foot,” said Delightful Kiss’ trainer, former jockey Pete Anderson. “He can throw in a quarter of a mile that is unbelievable, and it overcomes a lot of the disadvantages he has coming from behind.”
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