SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – When trainer Kenny McPeek’s Eskimo Kisses cut the corner and straightened home, it was game over for everyone else, and the filly took off with a flourish to earn her first graded score in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga.
Breaking well from post 2 under Jose Ortiz, Eskimo Kisses soon took back to the rear and settled far off the rest of the field while Talk Veuve to Me set blazing splits of :22.52, :46.79, and 1:11.86. Finally catching the field as they entered the far turn, Eskimo Kisses quickly picked off foes while running wide, then sharply cut the edge of the far turn and emerged onto the front stretch suddenly in the lead. Continuing to run on strongly, Eskimo Kisses drew off powerfully, hitting the wire with a 6 1/2-length advantage in a final time of 2:03.22 for the 1 1/4-mile event over a main track surface rated good.
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