Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 11, 2010 – A change of plans by the trainer and smart handicapping by the jockey put Kiss Mine in the winner's circle for the $50,000 My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Kiss Mine broke from the far outside post in the field of 11 and came from off the pace to finish the My Charmer 1 1/2 lengths ahead of long shot Coastal Solace. My Baby Baby was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third. Final time for the 1 1/16 mile race for fillies and mares was 1:48.65.
"I was a little concerned about being wide going into the first turn," said winning rider Greta Kuntzweiler, "but when I was handicapping the race I thought, 'Everybody wants to be in the same place,' so I kind of figured that was going to happen. She had enough speed to go on but I wanted her off the pace, and really, down the backside it all shuffled out and I was right where I wanted to be."
D'Country was out quickly to set the first quarter in a sensible :25.37 but soon relinquished the lead to Coastal Solace, who clocked the second quarter in :49.28 and the third in 1:14.09. While Kiss Mine settled into fifth along the backstretch, My Baby Baby, who broke just inside the winner, ranged up aggressively before the half to push the pace set by Coastal Solace. Kiss Mine cleared both on the outside with about half a furlong to run.
A routine work gave trainer David Vance the idea to enter Kiss Mine in the My Charmer. "I probably wouldn't have run her if it hadn’t been this track," he said. "I really planned on not running her again until we got to Florida. Then Greta came to work Minewander for me and while she was at it I asked her to work this one—she needed a work anyway—and then she went [four furlongs in] :47, and I thought maybe she was ready for one more race before the winter."
"This mare has done everything I’ve asked of her this year,” Vance continued. "She's just pretty much turned into a professional race horse. I told Greta to just let her get comfortable and ride her, that's all."
Kiss Mine went off the 5-2 favorite and returned $7.20, $6.40, and $4.20.
Completing the order of finish were Seniga, D'Country, Miss Catalyst, Whistlin’ Jean, Orchestrator, Haka, Joxy Roxy, and Miss Blakely. Sweet Lemon Chello, Mimi's Special Six, and Sweet Mis Kitty were scratched.
Vance's decision to give Kiss Mine another race made the filly a perfect three-for-three at Turfway and improved her career record to 8 wins, 3 seconds, and 5 thirds from 25 starts. Among her wins are four stakes, all earned this year. A 4-year-old daughter of Mineshaft out of the Kris S. mare Kiss the Devil, Kiss Mine has banked $344,466 for owner Carl Pollard.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway with a 1:10pm post.