Hal's Hope S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8f ,)

DELIGHTFUL KISS (GR/RO g, 122 lb) $60,000
Kissin Kris —Deputy's Delight , by French Deputy
B—Hobeau Farm Ltd., FL.; O—Hobeau Farm; T—Pete D. Anderson

Bullsbay (B h, 118 lb) $20,000
Tiznow —The Hess Express , by Lord Carson
B—Brad Anderson, KY.; O—Mitchell Ranch, LLC, Lewkowitz, Frank and Rice, Joe; T—H. Graham Motion

Famous Patriot (B g, 120 lb) $10,000
Repent —Agnes Rose , by Beau Genius
B—Brent Fernung, FL.; O—Patriot Stable; T—Timothy A. Hills

Margins: 3, ½, head. Others: Anak Nakal 122($5,000) , Fearless Vision 118($3,000) , It's a Bird 122($2,000) , Cuba 120 , Finallymadeit 122 , National Pride 120 , Bribon (FR) 118 , True Resurgence 118 , Now a Victor 122 , Rexson's Rose 118 , Storm in May 120 . Winning Jockey, Calvin H. Borel.

Delightful Kiss showed no signs of slowing down in his 5-year-old debut as he defeated Bullsbay by three lengths in the HalÕs Hope Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 3. The Kissin Kris gelding went from last to first in a field of 14 to garner his fifth stakes victory.

ÒHe was extra sharp, but I was worried that he was too far back down the backstretch,Ó said trainer Pete Anderson. ÒHe impresses me every day.Ó

Anderson trains homebred Delightful Kiss for Jack DreyfusÕ Hobeau Farm. As a 3-year-old, the gray/roan gelding won the Ohio (gr. II) and Iowa Derbys. He came back in 2008 to win the All American and Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (both gr. III). In his final start last season he ran a solid second behind Einstein in the Clark Handicap (gr. II).

In 2008, Delightful Kiss also became DreyfusÕ first BreedersÕ Cup starter as an owner. Delightful Kiss finished fourth by two lengths in the BreedersÕ Cup Marathon. As breeder, Dreyfus was represented by Shadow Caster, who finished off the board in the 2000 BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I).

In addition to representing Hobeau Farm in the BreedersÕ Cup, Delightful Kiss and grade II winner Shadow Caster are related. Delightful Kiss is out of the winning French Deputy mare DeputyÕs Delight, who is a half-sister to Shadow CasterÕs dam, Just Dance. DeputyÕs Delight and Just Dance are daughters of the stakes-winning Sawbones mare BishopÕs Delight, who also produced 2008 Bet America Stakes winner Tactical Delight.

Dreyfus, who is now 95, established Hobeau Farm near Ocala, Fla., in the 1960s and in February 2005 sold the 1,830-acre property to Roy Lerman for $12.7 million. Hobeau Farm Ocala-based horses now reside at Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds.

DeputyÕs Delight is among the 18 broodmares Dreyfus still owns. The 12-year-old mare has a juvenile colt by Honour and Glory named Honour the Deputy and a yearling Limehouse filly. DeputyÕs Delight is in foal to Bernardini.

Kissin Kris is the sire of 14 stakes winners. The 19-year-old son of Kris S. stands at Esquirol Farms in Canada. His 2009 fee is $3,000 (Canadian funds).ÑA.H.D.