Mischievous Kiss streaks into Sunday’s $100K Tepin
by Keith McCalmont
Carl F. Pollard’s Mischievous Kiss brings a two-race win streak into Sunday’s $100,000 Tepin, a 1 1/16-mile inner turf test for juvenile fillies, at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The 4th running of the Tepin, slated as Race 8, is one of three stakes on Sunday’s card, along with the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight, a six-furlong handicap for 3-year-olds and up; and the $150,000 Autumn Days at six furlongs on the outer turf for fillies and mares. First post on Sunday’s card is 11:50 a.m. Eastern.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, the dark bay daughter of Into Mischief graduated at second asking sprinting seven furlongs over firm Belmont turf and followed with a game half-length score over retuning rival Caironi in the 1 1/16-mile Chelsey Flower on November 6 over firm ground at the same track.
Out of the Kris S. mare Kiss the Devil, Mischievous Kiss is a half-sister to graded-stakes winner Kiss Moon and the multiple graded-stakes placed Kiss Mine.
Eric Cancel retains the mount from post 9.
Gary Broad’s Vergara, by Noble Mission and out of the Street Cry mare Figure of Beauty, rallied to finish a close third on debut sprinting 5 1/2-furlongs over firm turf in September at Laurel Park. She was a prominent maiden winner at second asking on October 24 traveling nine furlongs over firm Laurel Park turf.
“Stretching out seems to have made the difference. She’s one that I’ve liked from the beginning,” Motion said.
A $130,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase, Vergara is a half-sister to stakes-winner Bullseye Beauty.
Luis Saez picks up the mount from post 3.
Tony Weintraub, Tango Uniform Racing and Brandon Dalinka’s Anador, a French-bred daughter of Anodin, graduated in her North American debut for trainer Christophe Clement last out on October 29 in a one-mile turf tilt at Belmont.
The talented chestnut launched her career in France with conditioner Frederic Head, including a close fourth in a one-mile maiden event on September 10 at Saint Cloud that caught Clement’s eye.
“Her last race in France was a nice race, which is why we purchased her privately. She ran well first up,” Clement said. “It’s always tough when you go from a maiden to stakes level, but sometimes you just have to try.
Dylan Davis retains the mount from post 7.
King of Prussia Stable’s Caironi, a maiden winner by a neck traveling seven furlongs in her October 2 debut over firm Belmont turf, overcame an awkward start to finish second in the Chelsey Flower.
Trained by Michael Miceli, the Cairo Prince grey breezed a sharp half-mile in 49 flat on November 18 over the Belmont dirt training track.
Irad Ortiz, Jr. has the call from post 10.
Shadwell Stable’s Tasweya, by Frosted, was a stylish one-length winner in her October 23 debut sprinting five furlongs over firm footing at the Meadowlands.
Trained by Michael Pino, the Kentucky homebred will stretch out in distance in her stakes debut from post 4 under Ruben Silvera.
Rounding out the field are maiden winners She’s a Mia [post 1, Jalon Samuel], Kingdom Queen [post 2, Luis Rodriguez Castro], Louella Street [post 5, Manny Franco], Determined Star [post 8, Kendrick Carmouche], and Solib [post 11, Jose Lezcano]. Waters of Merom is entered for the main-track only.
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