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Splendid Kisser wins Sportsnet final

April 18, 2008

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Despite drifting closer to the grandstand with every stride, Splendid Kisser was able to hold on for a 1:50.1 victory in the $46,300 Sportsnet New York Final on Thursday night at the Meadowlands.

Driver Yannick Gingras seized the lead with Splendid Kisser as the field approached the final turn in a swift 1:21.1. As Splendid Kisser pulled away, he drifted toward the outside. However, his lead was enough to hold off the late rally of Cinderella Guy for a 1 ¾-length victory.

“I think he was tired,” Gingras said of the pacer’s behavior in the stretch. “A little inexperienced, a little tired. Three-quarters in 1:21 - he’s never seen those kind of fractions before. He was still going to the wire, not slowing down that much, just a little tired. I didn’t have a concern that I had [Captain Cambest] on my back really. That’s where I wanted him. I just didn’t want to come first up on him. I actually thought I was going to get the follow second over, but when Ron [Pierce and Captain Cambest] rushed to the front that was the worst spot for me, to be first up at him. I had no worries having him at my back. I think he has a real good future and as the races go along, he’s going to be racing against tougher horses. Being able to race him from behind is more his game, but when you are [4-5] and you’re in a series final, you’ve got to give him a shot.”
Click here to view the video of the race, sponsored by Peninsula Farm.

Splendid Kisser picked up his sixth in eight starts this season and boosted his earnings to $73,854. Jeff Stafford trains the 4-year-old pacer for owner-breeder White Birch Farm of Allentown, NJ. (Meadowlands)
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