Won at 6APPLETON S.
(gr. IIIT , 7.5f , defeating Artic Cry, Passager (FR), Vanquisher, Bold Start, Pickapocket, Avanti Avanti, Fagedaboudit Sal ).
Kiss the Kid, who started the year with a victory in the Jan. 10 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes on grass at Gulfstream Park, captured the March 28 Appleton Stakes (gr. IIIT) at the South Florida track. In his last start he ran fourth to Kip Deville in the Feb. 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT).
The 2-1 favorite in the 71Ú2-furlong Appleton, Kiss the Kid won by a half-length over Artic Cry.
Amy Tarrant, the trainer of Kiss the Kid, races the 6-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid in the name of Hardacre Farm. Tarrant bought Kiss the Kid for $270,000 in the Hardacre name at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale. Three Chimneys Sales consigned as agent.
Kiss the Kid has been a stakes winner the two previous years. He won the 2007 Cozzene Stakes at Meadowlands and the 2008 Cliff Hanger Stakes (gr. IIIT) at that track.
Tarrant has raced additional stakes winners Bold World and Indy Wind in the Hardacre name.
Kiss the Kid was bred in Kentucky by Richard Santulli and George PrussinÕs Jayeff B Stables. The outfit also is the breeder of Kiss the KidÕs stakes-winning full sister, Lemon Kiss, who won last yearÕs Emerald Distaff Handicap .
Kiss the KidÕs dam, deceased Black Tie Kiss, raced in Japan. Her half-brother, Black Tie Affair, was voted 1991 Horse of the Year and champion older male after winning the BreedersÕ Cup Classic (gr. I). Black Tie Kiss died in 2007. Her last foal is a Smart Strike 2-year-old colt named Morning Dress.
Jayeff B Stables has bred and/or raced numerous stakes winners, including Eclipse Award winners Banshee Breeze, Johannesburg, and Safely Kept.
Lemon Drop Kid has sired 39 stakes winners. His five stakes winners this year include grade I winner Santa Teresita. Lemon Drop Kid stands for $50,000 at William S. FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Lexington.ÑD.S
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