KISS THE GIRL HOPES TO SIP ALL BRANDY
Three Diamonds Farm’s Kiss the Girl, winner of the Conniver sprinting on dirt earlier this year, will stretch out in an attempt to transfer that form to the grass in Saturday’s $75,000 All Brandy.
Kiss the Girl, a 4-year-old daughter of Into Mischief, is trained by Mike Trombetta, who won the last edition of the All Brandy with My Sistersledge in 2019 before the race was shelved last year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Previously trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Kiss the Girl joined Trombetta’s string last November and ran second in the one-mile Geisha prior to winning the seven-furlong Conniver to kick off 2021.
Each of her last two starts have come on the turf, running fourth in the 7 ½-furlong Peach Blossom July 7 at Delaware Park prior to a runner-up finish behind Quiet Company in a one-mile optional claimer July 23 at Pimlico. Both the winner and third-place finisher, Judi Blue Eyes, return in the All Brandy.
“She came to us [last] fall and she’s very solid. She was coming off a layoff when I got her and it took her a race or two to kind of get in her best form,” Trombetta said. “We’ve run her on the turf a few times and she’s run good. We were just trying to get some continuity and run her and see how she does, and she’s done OK. Being a Maryland-bred race, she should fit in there just fine.”
James C. Wolf’s Artful Splatter is a multiple stakes winner on the dirt that is winless in seven tries on turf, with two seconds and two thirds. Fourth after setting the pace in the Conniver, her last win was a 10 ¼-length romp over a sloppy track at the All Brandy distance in the George Rosenberger Memorial last fall at Delaware Park.
Willis Horton Racing’s sophomore filly Forever Dreaming, purchased for $300,000 as a 2-year-old in training last spring, debuted with a front-running three-quarter-length maiden claiming triumph over older horses going a mile on the Pimlico turf July 16 for trainer Michael Dickinson.
Dendrobia, second in the five-furlong Jameela July 4 at Pimlico; Good Life Cider, Awesome Jazz, Holly’s Lady and Breviary round out the field.