Undefeated Agave Kiss stretched her streak to six when she romped to victory in the $100,000 Miss Preakness Stakes on the Black-Eyed Susan program at Pimlico Race Course May 18 (VIDEO).
Other stakes winners on the undercard were Bold Affair in the Skipat Stakes (VIDEO), Fiddlers Patriot in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint (VIDEO), Sensible Lady in the The Very One (VIDEO) , and favored Coup in the Hilltop (VIDEO).
Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Agave Kiss rolled to a front-running 5 1/2-length triumph at odds of 3-5, completing the six-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies in 1:10.40 over a fast track.
Agave Kiss ($3.20) quickly cleared the field by three three lengths and dictated terms while clipping off fractions of :23.06 and :45.37. Dominguez was sitting chilly on the chestnut daughter of Lion Heart--Salty Romance, by Salt Lake for the final eighth after opening up by nearly six lengths.
Millionreasonswhy put in a mild rally for second, 3 1/4 lengths in front of Ageless in the field of seven.
Agave Kiss, trained by Rudy Rodriguez for Flying Zee Racing Stables, won her fourth stakes race of the year while boosting her career earnings to $287,900. Nustar Breeding bred the winner in New York. Her six victories, including the Cicada Stakes (gr. III) over the inner track at Aqueduct Racetrack March 10, have come by a total of 30 lengths.
“We felt very confident coming in. She’s very, very special," Rodriguez said. "I was not worried about any of these horses. But I know in the future there are bigger races and deeper fields coming. We are just trying to get her ready for those bigger races. She just keeps improving.”
In the $100,000 Skipat, stalking Bold Affair, ridden by Abel Castellano Jr., rolled up four wide on a contested pace and outfought Valiant Passion in the final furlong to post a 1 1/2-length victory.
Charles Reed and Mike Zanella's Maryland homebred Bold Affair is a 4-year-old daughter of Two Punch out of the Colonial Affair mare Hunka Hunka Lori Z. The chestnut filly ran six furlongs in 1:11.71 and paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 second choice in a field of five. Howard Wolfendale trains the winner.
Bold Affair won for the seventh time in 11 lifetime starts and extended her earnings to $362,880
Valiant Passion finished a game second, 2 1/4 lengths better than Afleet Lass. It's Me Mom, the 11-10 choice, ran last.
Fiddlers Patriot, making his first start since Oct. 16, overcame the far outside post in a field of 12 to register a 2 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint with John Velazquez aboard.
In spite of the wide draw, Fiddlers Patriot got a good position on the outside of pacesetter Ju Jitsu Jax, taking the lead in upper stretch and rolling to an easy win. The time for the five-furlong turf event was :56.12 on firm ground.
Sent off at odds of 4-1, Fiddlers Patriot returned $10.60 for his first victory since last May at Monmouth Park. Owned by James F. Olson and R.A. Hill Stable, the 6-year-old gelding won for the sixth time in 13 starts for trainer George Weaver. Bred in New York by Fiddlers Green Stable, Fiddlers Patriot increased his earnings to $278,446. The chestnut is by Proud Citizen --Thorette, by Affirmed.
Super Chunky closed steadily to claim the runner-up spot by 1 1/4 lengths over Ju Jitsu Jax. Ben's Cat, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 10, finished fifth.
Sensible Lady sprang a 24-1 upset in the 100,000 The Very One Stakes by two lengths with Xavier Perez aboard for trainer Timothy Salzman.
The 3-year-old daughter of Street Sense is owned by Three Lyons Racing and was bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm. The $9,500 Ocala juvenile purchase in April 2011 defeated a field of 10 other fillies and mares while running five furlongs on grass in :56.13.
Sensible Lady ($51.60) saved ground early, then was angled out for the drive to take command at mid-stretch. She drew off from pacesetter Inspired under energetic handling. Jazzy Idea closed ground in the lane to take second by three lengths over the 19-10 choice Inspired, who weakened after setting a lively pace.
Winning for the fourth time in eight starts, Sensible Lady more than doubled her career bankroll to $117,730. The dark bay/brown filly is out of the Bianconi mare Awesome Lady.
Augustin Stable's Kentucky homebred Coup, the 3-2 favorite, won the final stakes of the day, the $100,000 Hilltop, with a confident ride from Velazquez, getting up by one length over pacesetter Seanchai in a field of seven sophomore fillies. Coup completed the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:42.71.
Graham Motion trains Coup, a bay daughter of Empire Maker--French Lady, by Entrepreneur, who has won her past two starts after a pair of runner-up efforts to begin her career. This was her stakes debut and the victory upped her career earnings to $92,195.
Coup ($5) stalked in third leaving the far turn on the outside and collared Seanchai near the sixteenth pole, inching away late under a hand ride. Seanchai held second by a neck over the late-running Ainsley.