A solid field of nine was entered for the $300,000 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II), Oct. 16. They have banked nearly $5 million and have eight graded victories amongst them.
One of those contesting the nine-furlong race is last year’s runner-up, Anak Nakal. The Victory Gallop colt has earned nearly $1 million in his career and will be making his first start since the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) in March. He’s been working bullets at Aqueduct in preparation for the Cup as he looks to score his third grade II win.
Another who will likely be taking lots of action at the windows is the Marty Wolfson-trained It's a Bird, who has earned more than $1 million and sports a record of 10-4-2 from 32 outings. Last out, he was fifth in the Woodward (gr. I) at Saratoga, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Horse of the Year favorite Rachel Alexandra.
The Meadowlands Cup has also drawn an interesting colt that will bear a lot of watching. The Darley-owned Etched, a Kiaran McLaughlin-trained son of Forestry from the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Unbridled Elaine, sports four wins in five outings, his lone loss coming in Dubai this past February. He enters the Cup off a win at the Spa.
And then there’s Kiss the Kid. He’s grade I-placed on dirt, a graded winner on turf, and will be making his final career start in this year’s Meadowlands Cup.
“This is definitely his last start,” said Amy Tarrant, who owns and trains the son of Lemon Drop Kid. “I thought the Cliff Hanger (Oct. 3 at Meadowlands) would have been his last start, but he came out of that race in great shape, we’re not leaving for Florida until the 28th of this month, and I decided to give him one more shot.”
Three of Kiss the Kid’s lifetime wins have come at the Meadowlands and the surface switch from turf to dirt should prove no problem.
“He runs on anything,” Tarrant said. “He’s such a versatile horse. We’re going to miss him around the barn, but it’s time. This race made sense and he’s got plenty of time to rest and flirt with girls after this.”
Following his 1 1/8-mile journey in the Meadowlands Cup, Kiss the Kid will enter stud at Journeyman Farm near Ocala, Fla. He will join his former stablemate Indy Wind as a Florida stallion.
Kiss the Kid has earned $676,267 in a career that has spanned four seasons. A third-place finish or better in the Cup will boost his lifetime bankroll over the $700,000 mark.
Post time is scheduled for 10:08 p.m. EDT.
$300,000 Meadowlands Cup (gr. II, Race 8, 10:08 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Dirt) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Anak Nakal (KY), E S Prado, 119, R E Dutrow Jr.
2. Cool Coal Man (KY), J R Velazquez, 119, N P Zito
3. Kiss the Kid (KY), P Lopez, 119, A Tarrant
4. Racketeer (KY), D Cohen, 119, P Levine
5. Good and Lucky (FL), J Bravo, 119, M R Matz
6. It's a Bird (FL), J R Leparoux, 123, M D Wolfson
7. Solar Flare (ARG), R A Dominguez, 119, A W Dutrow
8. Great Debater (FL), R R Rodriguez, 116, R E Dutrow, Jr.
9. Etched (KY), A Garcia, 119, K P McLaughlin