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Kissin In The Sand edges Shartin N in Dayton Distaff Derby

October 03, 2020
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Trainer Nancy Takter thought long and hard about giving Kissin In The Sand a week off after a convincing 1:49 win in the Milton Stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park last Saturday.  But a change in plans, possibly caused by a realization that Hatfield Stables of Ohio co-owns the magnificent mare with Marvin Katz of Toronto, resulted in an epic battle with Shartin N and another 1:49 score in the $175,000 Dayton Distaff Derby on Saturday night.
 
The 1:49 triumph equaled the Hollywood Dayton track record for older pacing mares, set three races sooner by Miss You N in a $25,000 Mares Open.  Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind both winning mares.
  
Shartin N (Tim Tetrick) set sail from the get go and cut all the fractions (:26.3, :54.2 and 1:21.2) before getting snapped by Kissin In The Sand a few steps from the finish line.  The winner was content to get away fourth and stayed in that spot until past the three-quarters marker, despite moving into the outer flow in second-over position before the halfway juncture.  Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) was third to cross the wire.
  
Kissin In The Sand was actually dispatched at odds of 4-5 over even money Shartin N and didn't disappoint. The 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere now sports 23 wins in 54 lifetime starts and boosted her career bounty to $1,470,594. (Hollywood Dayton)
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