Thursday, September 25, 2008
DELIGHTFUL KISS AMONG SEVEN ENTRANTS IN $200,000 ALL AMERICAN STAKES AT GGF
ALBANY -- Breeders' Cup bound Delightful Kiss will face six opponents Saturday at Golden Gate Fields in the $200,000 All American Stakes, the richest race of the fall season.
The Grade 3 All American will be run at 1 1/8-miles and Delightful Kiss is using the race as a prep for the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon, a 1 1/2-mile contest that will have its inaugural running Oct. 25 at Santa Anita.
Delightful Kiss guaranteed himself a spot in the Breeders' Cup Marathon lineup by winning the Grade 3 Turfway Park Fall Championship on Sept. 6. A 1 1/2-mile race, the Fall Championship was a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win And You're In" event.
Trained by former jockey Pete Anderson and based at Churchill Downs, Delightful Kiss is a 4-year-old gelding who has won five of his 19 career starts and $577,087. Delightful Kiss will be ridden by Calvin Borel, who won the 2007 Kentucky Derby aboard Street Sense.
The field for the All American, in post position order, is as follows: Saratoga's Magic, Roberto Gonzalez will ride; Delightful Kiss, Borel; Our Partner, William Antongeorgi III; Asperity, Julio Garcia; Victorian Prince, Frank Alvarado; Assessment, Kyle Kaenel; and Awesome Gem, Russell Baze. All of the starters will carry 123 pounds.
Post time Saturday is 12:45 p.m. and fans attending the track will receive a free Golden Gate Fields sweatshirt. Post time for the All American, the third event on a 10-race program, is 1:45 p.m.
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