Hobeau Farm’s Delightful Kiss has already earned a berth into the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon next month at Santa Anita. Now, the 4-year-old gelding will make his final prep for that race when he faces six rivals in the $200,000 All American Stakes (gr. III) – the richest race of Golden Gate Fields’ fall meet.
A 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds and up on the Tapeta surface, the All American will be run as race 3 on the Golden Gate program. Post time is set for 1:45 p.m. PDT.
The only horse in the barn of trainer Pete Anderson, Delightful Kiss hit the winner’s circle for the first time in more than 14 months when he powered to a 1 1/4-length score in the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 6 on the Polytrack. The gray son of Kissin Kris won the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event in course record time of 2:32.25 for 1 1/2 miles.
As a 3-year-old, Delightful Kiss won the Ohio Derby (gr. II) and Iowa Derby back-to-back before losing sixth straight. He will make his first start in California and likely train out there to prepare for the Marathon. The Florida homebred, who is out of the French Deputy mare Deputy’s Delight, has posted a lifetime record of 5-3-2 from 19 starts and earned $577,087. Calvin Borel makes the trip out west for the mount.
Among the challengers in the All American are Jerry Hollendorfer trainees Saratoga’s Magic and Our Partner, who finished one-two, respectively, in the Aug. 23 Governor’s Handicap at Sacramento. A 5-year-old Tactical Cat gelding, Saratoga’s Magic was claimed by Holldendorfer in November of 2006 and has won six of 21 starts since then, including a pair of stakes victories this season.
West Point Thoroughbreds will send out Awesome Gem, who enters off a seventh-place finish in the grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 24 at Del Mar and two starts ago missed by a nose in the Wickerr Handicap on the turf. The 5-year-old gelding last won in June of 2007, but was runner-up in three graded stakes a year ago, and was third to Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I). Trained by Craig Dollase, Awesome Gem won the San Fernando Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) last year at Santa Anita. Russell Baze gets the call.
Also of note is Irish-bred Victorian Prince, who cuts back to nine furlongs for the first time in four starts. The Patrick Gallagher trainee has tired in the stretch of three marathon races this season, including last out when he was only a half-length back entering the lane before finishing fourth in the 1 5/8-mile Gallant Man Handicap at Hollywood Park in June.
$200,000 All American Stakes (gr. III, Race 3, 1:45 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Tapeta)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Saratoga's Magic (KY), 123, Roberto M. Gonzalez
2. Delightful Kiss (FL), 123, Calvin H. Borel
3. Our Partner (MD), 123, William Antongeorgi III
4. Asperity (KY), 123, Julio A. Garcia
5. Victorian Prince (IRE), 123, Frank T. Alvarado
6. Assessment (KY), 123, Kyle Kaenel
7. Awesome Gem (KY), 123, Russell A. Baze