09/26/2008 11:00PM

Delightful Kiss flies home


Delightful Kiss, last down the backstretch, followed the move of odds-on favorite Awesome Gem into the lane and prevailed in the stretch drive to win the $211,800 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

Delightful Kiss was last, 10 lengths behind Victorian Prince after the opening half-mile and three lengths behind millionaire and 7-10 favorite Awesome Gem, who was next to last in the field of seven.

Both horses began to move midway around the second turn with Delightful Kiss moving to the outside of Awesome Gem. Awesome Gem led by a head at the eighth pole, but Delightful Kiss seemed to be going better and won the 1 1/8-mile race by one length in 1:49.54.

"He went the last five-sixteenths of a mile so fast, it was unbelievable," said winning jockey Calvin Borel, who was making his Golden Gate Fields debut. "I knew Awesome Gem was the horse to beat, but you've got to beat them all. Don't take anything away from the horse that ran second."

Russell Baze thought he was making a winning move with Awesome Gem.

"When I got my horse up to a full head of steam, I thought there's no way that horse is going to catch us," Baze said. "When my horse made the lead, he eased up. My horse dug in a little bit when the other horse got in front, but it was too late."

Delightful Kiss, a 4-year-old Kissin Kris gelding owned by Hobeau Farm and trained by Pete Anderson earned $131,800 to lift his career total to $708,587. he paid $6.40.

It was his second straight victory after winning the Turfway Park Fall Championship, which qualified him to run in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.