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Delightful Kiss takes the honours in Hal's Hope

Report: USA, Saturday

Gulfstream Park: Hal's Hope Hcap (G3) 1m dirt  3yo+

Calvin Borel

Calvin Borel: "what can I say?"

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

DELIGHTFUL KISS, sent away a 5-1 chance under Calvin Borel, came rollinglate while widest of all to best Bullsbay by three  lengths.

Bribon, sent away the 31-10 favourite, could only finish tenth of 14  after being in touch early.

"Boy, what can I say about this baby?" Borel asked rhetorically of the winner after the race. "He just kept giving me more and more."

Delightful Kiss is trained by former jockey Pete Anderson, who counts the great Forego among his career mounts. Delightful Kiss won a pair of Grade 3 events in 2008 before finishing fifth beaten two lengths  in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita, then was a rallying second behind Einstein in the Grade 2 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on his next start.

Santa Anita: Monrovia Hcap (G3) 6½f turf 3yo+  f/m

JIBBOOM, trained by Bobby Frankel and the lone Graded stakes winner in the field, got out of trouble along the rail under  jockey Garrett Gomez and rallied late to defeat Christiana's Heat by a half-length. Lethal Heat was another half-length back third and a nose before La Tee.

Gulfstream Park: Spectacular Bid Stakes 6f dirt  3yo

THE Spectacular Bid is the first in a series of  races for three-year-olds at Gulfstream Park leading to the Florida Derby on  March 28. Notonthesamepage, sent away a 9-2 chance, went to the lead soon after the start under Elvis Trujillo and remained there to win easily. He completed the distance in 1 min 8.48sec, missing the track record by just .02sec.  Wesley Ward trains the winner.

Aqueduct: Count Fleet Stakes 1m dirt 3yo

Jockey Ramon Dominguez

Ramon Dominguez: "Very nice" win

  PICTURE: Edward Whitaker  

HAYNESFIELD, winner of two of his three previous starts, all against New York-breds, stepped into open company for the first time and won by three and a half lengths as the 1-2 favourite.

Ramon Dominguez rode the winner for trainer Steve Asmussen.


Two races earlier on the card Darley Stable's  Tranquil Manner, making his fourth start for trainer Kiaran  McLaughlin, was quite impressive in winning a 1m maiden.

He made up nearly 15 lengths on 2-5 chance Toulouse Lautrec and Haitian Sensation, who were battling up front, to win going away by more than a length.

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